Indies show strength in official February 2012 Diamond Sales Estimates

By Todd Allen

Surprise! Fear Itself: The Fearless was HEAVILY reordered in February.

Over the weekend, I did a rough estimate of Diamond Top 100 sales chart.  Good ‘ole Walking Dead turns out to have sold 32,361 in the “official” estimates vs. the 31,596 from January I used for the estimate.  That +2.4%, which is just barely outside standard deviation, so it looks like the initial estimates were close again.

As for the official estimates, Comichron and ICV2 look like they’re in agreement on the numbers.  You know the standard disclaimers: you should probably add in the neighborhood of 15% for overseas orders, etc.  You may not see reorders right away, etc.,etc.

Justice League is still the #1 book with 135,374 regular copies and 5,445 copies of the digital combo pack (most of which aren’t going to be redeemed, according to DC’s experience, so this gives us a feel for the completest/variant market).

Marvel’s top book does indeed fall below the 60K estimate point for the first time in recent memory with Uncanny X-Men #6 estimated at 59,834.  Applying that formula, unless there are significant reorders, I’d say the real number is just under 70K.  Either way, a very disappointing top spot for Marvel as they get ready for their big move with Avengers Vs. X-Men.

Here’s the thing that gets me about AVXAvengers X-Sanction is pretty clearly touted as the lead-in series and #3 is only estimated at 53,730 copies.  There’s noise about AVX selling 200K.  Is this a condemnation of Jeph Loeb’s writing or just a massive amount of marketing for AVX. Something doesn’t add up here, and if AVX is the smash hit we’re being hyped about, Avengers X-Sanction might get some after-the-fact interest in it.  Otherwise, there may be some smoke and mirrors involved.

For all the soft top, February has proven to be a better than expected month, with the rising tide of the independent comics continuing to rise, even as Marvel’s top line and DC’s lower tier continue to sag.  John Jackson Miller has a nice write-up of this and notes that the #300 title is 4,185 copies — a very high number for that position on the chart.

Some debut issues:

  • Winter Soldier 1 $2.99 Marvel 50,932
  • Magic The Gathering 1 $3.99 IDW 28,858
  • Batman Beyond Unlimited 1 $3.99 DC 26,589
  • Conan The Barbarian 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 20,569
  • Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 18,797
  • Thief of Thieves 1 $2.99 Image 17,877
  • Stephen King Joe Hill Road Rage 1 $3.99 IDW 16,066
  • Adventure Time 1 $3.99 Boom 12,392
  • BPRD Hell On Earth Long Death 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 12,258
  • Army of Darkness Ongoing 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 9,164
  • Infestation 2 Transformers 1 $3.99 IDW 8,959
  • Garth Ennis Ninjettes 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,646
  • Warriors of Mars 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,550
  • Red Sonja Witchblade 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,336
  • Multiple independent debuts over 10K?  Over 15K?  Interesting.  Another Mars comic and still over 8K?  The comics are doing better than the movie (domestically, anyway).

    What kind of reorder activity showed up?

    • Batman 1 $2.99 DC 5,626
    • Fatale 1 $3.50 Image 5,506
    • Fear Itself Fearless 1 $2.99 Marvel 5,459
    • Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 4,964

    Batman and Detective you might have guessed.  Fatale seems to be a bonafide hit for Image with #2 estimated at 20,315 and a lot more reorders poised to show up in the March charts, from what I hear.  Fear Itself: The Fearless… did a new fanbase just discover it?   Maybe some sudden heat with the news of Cullen Bunn writing Wolverine? Reorders are good things, but that last one is a bit of a surprise.

    I’m also counting 36 independent comics with sales estimates over 10K… which seems like it might be the highest it’s been in a while.  A lot of that is licensed material, but not all of it.   Thief of Thieves had a very nice debut.  Fatale is solid.  March’s chart will see Saga and reorders on Prophet and Glory. Adventure Time and TMNT are up there.  Are the little guys gaining momentum?  I’d say the “slowly, but surely” path is continuing.

    Complete February 2012 Diamond charts

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    Here are the complete sales charts from Diamond for last month:

    Terminology: Indie is a is an Non-Premier publisher, i.e. not Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, or Marvel.

    Small Press: Diamond Comic Distributors defines Small Presses as publishers outside the top-10 bestselling publishers over the previous six months.

    Diamond’s Top 300 Comics: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top 300 Graphic Novels: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top 50 Manga: February 2012
    Diamond Top 50 Indie Comics: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top 50 Indie Graphic Novels: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top 50 Small Comics: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top 50 Small Graphic Novels: February 2012
    Diamond’s Top Books, Toys, Games, etc: February 2012

    Indie Month-to-Month Sales January 2012


    By Paul Mellerick
     

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    Walking Dead and Buffy top the chart again, but the debuts of Lord of the Jungle, Fatale and Danger Girl: Revolver push the Turtles down to sixth. Elsewhere there are two new Transformers ongoings, a few more new Image books, and the end of several titles.

     

    136 indie books charted this month, 10 up on last month and again less Marvel or DC books charting this month. The bottom book sold 2,606, half of what it was 2 months ago. In total those books sold approximately 1,052,459 down from last month’s 1,067,927 with more titles. That’s the second month in a row that’. Average sales are 7,739 per book, well down from last month’s 8,475. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

     

    This month Image were again the number three publisher, with 5.48% dollar share and a 4.83 market share, followed by Dark Horse with 4.89% dollar share and 3.55% market share, IDW with a 4.35% dollar share and a 3.78% market share, Dynamite with a 3.46% dollar share and a 3.66% market share, Boom with 1.66% dollar share and 1.35% market share and Eaglemoss with 1.47% dollar and 0.30% market share. IDW, Dynamite & Boom are up for the month, everyone else is down.

     

    Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

     

    59. The Walking Dead (Image) 
    01/2007: The Walking Dead #34 - 21,184
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: The Walking Dead #57 - 23,402
    01/2010: The Walking Dead #69 - 23,695
    01/2011: The Walking Dead #80 - 29,526  
    ==== 
    02/2011: The Walking Dead #81 - 30,750  (+4.1%)
    03/2011: The Walking Dead #82 - 31,174 (+1.4%)
    03/2011: The Walking Dead #83 - 33,686 [39,938](+28.1%)
    04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930 (-20.1%)
    05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552 (+17.6%)
    06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187 (-14.3%)
    07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
    08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
    10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
    11/2011: The Walking Dead #91 - 31,813 (+0.1%)
    12/2011: The Walking Dead #92 - 31,496 (-0.1%)
    01/2012: The Walking Dead #93 - 31,596 (+0.1%)

     
    The juggernaut rolls on, super-stable, with the TV show restarting this month. As per usual every paperback collection charts in the GN chart, with book one selling 4,470 copies at number 3, and book 15 just behind at number 7 with sales of 3,262.  

    63. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) 
    01/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #10 - 88,474
    01/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #21 - 69,980
    01/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 - 47,013
    01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 
    ==== 
    09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
    10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
    11/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #3 - 33,485 (-8.1%)
    12/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 - 31,157 (-7.0%)
    01/2012: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 - 30,146 (-3.2%)

     
    Hopefully starting to level out. I’ve been hearing a few complaints that it isn’t very Buffy-ish at the moment, with the supporting cast not appearing too much.   

    72. Lord of the Jungle (Dynamite) 
    01/2012: Lord of the Jungle #1 - 25,212

     
    Dynamite’s Tarzan book is based on the early, now public domain, novels, but can’t use the Tarzan name as it’s trademarked. They’re now being sued by ERB Inc, over this and their Warlord of Mars books. Good starting sales anyway, although I’d bet we’ll see a sharp drop next month. 

    90. Fatale (Image) 
    01/2012: Fatale #1 - 20,515

     
    That’s a great first issue figure, well above what Criminal was getting (in fact, their best sales together since Criminal #2 I think). It seems to have been a solid hit too, selling out and getting second and third prints.  

    97. Danger Girl (IDW) 
    01/2012: Danger Girl Revolver #1 - 19,169

     
    A very healthy start, with a very J. Scott Campbell-looking artist in Chris Madden. 

    100. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW) 
    08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803 (39,180)
    09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
    10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)
    11/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #4 - 22,898 (+0.2%)
    12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #5 - 19,689 (-14.0%)
    12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #1 Raphael - 18,687
    12/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #2 Michelangelo - 15,930
    01/2012: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #6 - 18,773 (-4.7%)

     
    Possibly approaching stability, at a very good level. 

    106. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse) 
    01/2007: Auld Lang Syne #3 (IDW) - 6,699
    01/2008: After the Fall #2 (IDW) - 46,013
    01/2009: After the Fall #16 (IDW) - 34,801
    01/2010: Angel #29 (IDW) - 20,280
    01/2011: Angel #41(IDW) - 13,566  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Angel #42 (IDW) - 13,136 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Angel #43 (IDW) - 13,032 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: Angel #44 (IDW) - 12,897 (-1.0%)
    05-07/2011: -
    08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
    09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
    10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
    11/2011: Angel & Faith #4 - 18,855 (-2.9%)
    12/2011: Angel & Faith #5 - 18,356 (-2.6%)
    01/2012: Angel & Faith #6 - 17,800 (-3.0%)

     
    Not quite stable yet, but more so than Buffy. 

    114. The Boys (Dynamite) 
    01/2009: The Boys #26 - 26,802
    01/2010: The Boys #38 - 22,203
    01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293  
    ==== 
    02/2011: The Boys #51 - 18,728 (-2.9%)
    03/2011: The Boys #52 - 18,955 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
    05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
    06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
    07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
    08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
    09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
    10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
    11/2011: The Boys #60 - 17,323 (-1.2%)
    12/2011: The Boys #61 - 17,024 (-1.7%)
    01/2012: The Boys #62 - 16,700 (-1.9%)

     
    A slightly larger drop than usual, but nothing to worry about. 

    116. Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic (Dark Horse) 
    01/2012: Knights of The Old Republic War #1 - 16,179

     
    One of the more popular Star Wars books relaunches in a new miniseries. Maybe slightly underwhelming sales, but this series has a strong trade following I’m told 

    Archie (Archie) 
    01/2007: Archie #572 - 2,501
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: Archie #593 - 2,318
    01/2010: Archie #605 - 24,803
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Archie #617 - 11,358 (-7.3%)
    03/2011: Archie #618 - ???? (???)
    03/2011: Archie #619 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Archie #620 - 3,644 (???)
    05/2011: Archie #621 - 3,588 (-1.5%)
    06/2011: Archie #622 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Archie #623 - 3,669 (???)
    08/2011: Archie #624 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Archie #625 - 3,452 (???)
    10/2011: Archie #626 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Archie #627 - 17,387 (3,911)(???)
    12/2011: Archie #628 - 17,286 (-0.6%)
    01/2012: Archie #629 - 15,906 (-8.0%)

     
    A bit of a drop off, but still very much punching above it’s weight for the third part of the Kiss crossover. 

    121. Transformers More Than Meets The Eye (IDW) 
    01/2010: Transformers Ongoing #3 - 12,609 (+0.7%)
    01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Transformers Ongoing #16 - 10,265 (+1.0%)
    03/2011: Transformers Ongoing #17 - 10,094 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Transformers Ongoing #18 - 9,813 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: Transformers Ongoing #19 - 10,089 (+2.8%)
    06/2011: Transformers Ongoing #20 - 10,232 (+1.4%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #21 - 10,165 (-0.7%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #22 - 9,884 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #23 - 10,327 (+4.5%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #24 - 10,097 (-2.2%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #25 - 9,533 (-5.6%)
    09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #26 - 10,118 (+6.1%)
    10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #27 - 10,242 (+1.2%)
    10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #28 - 10,469 (+2.2%)
    11/2011: Transformers Ongoing #29 - 10,440 (-0.3%)
    11/2011: Transformers Ongoing #30 - 10,452 (+0.1%)
    12/2011: Transformers Death Of Optimus Prime (One Shot) - 12,961
    12/2011: Transformers Ongoing #31 - 10,348 (-1.0%)
    01/2012: Transformers More Than Meets Eye Ongoing #1 - 15,340

     

    144. Transformers Robots In Disguise (IDW) 
    01/2012: Transformers Robots In Disguise Ongoing #1 - 12,234

     
    The main ongoing Transformers title splits into two, with More Than Meets The Eye coming in comfortably above Robots in Disguise. The former is written by James Roberts, who appears to be becoming a bit of a fan-favourite. I would have expected these two books to launch a little higher to be honest, but I doubt they’ll see big second issue drops. 

    122. Star Trek Legion of Superheroes (IDW) 
    10/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #1 - 20,950
    11/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #2 - 17,782 (-15.1%)
    12/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #3 - 15,952 (-10.3%)
    01/2012: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #4 - 15,004 (-5.9%)

     
    Smoothing out as it heads to the end, still well above the main Star Trek book. 

    126. Invincible (Image) 
    01/2007: Invincible #38 - 13,470
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: Invincible #58 - 14,233
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Invincible #77 - 15,515 (-0.4%)
    03/2011: Invincible #78 - 15,808 (+1.9%)
    04/2011: Invincible #79 - 15,558 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563 (+0.0%)
    07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
    08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)
    11/2011: Invincible #84 - 15,067 (-1.2%)
    11/2011: Invincible #85 - 14,678 (-2.6%)
    12/2011: Invincible #86 - 14,457 (-1.5%)
    01/2012: Invincible #87 - 14,299 (-1.1%)

     
    Very slowly dropping, but not very fast. Kirkman has 3 top ten trades this month, with the newest Invincible collection taking the number 2 spot with 4,993 copies sold. 
 

    133. Game of Thrones (Dynamite) 
    09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888
    10/2011: Game of Thrones #2 - 16,094 (-22.9%)
    11/2011: Game of Thrones #3 - 15,983 (-0.7%)
    12/2011: Game of Thrones #4 - 14,514 (-9.2%)
    01/2012: Game of Thrones #5 - 13,096 (-9.8%)

     
    Quite sharp drops for the last couple of issues, but that may slow as the new series starts on TV. 

    136. Spawn (Image) 
    01/2007: Spawn #164 - 24,534
    01/2008: Spawn #174 - 22,667
    01/2009: Spawn #188 - 21,433
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458
    ==== 
    02/2011: Spawn #202 - 18,335 (-0.7%)
    02/2011: Spawn #203 - 15,572 (-15.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #204 - 15,591 (+0.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #205 - 15,320 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160 (-1.0%)
    05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
    06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
    07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
    08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
    09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
    10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
    11/2011: Spawn #213 - 13,369 (-0.8%)
    12/2011: Spawn #214 - 13,017 (-2.6%)
    01/2012: Spawn #215 - 12,794 (-1.7%)

     
    This has lost a third of its readership in the last year, which is a little worrying. 

    138. Star Wars Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse (Dark Horse) 
    12/2011: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #1 - 15,700
    01/2012: Agent O/T Empire Iron Eclipse #2 - 12,675 (-19.3%)

     
    A fairly standard second issue drop, for a pretty fun Star Wars book. 

    145. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)
     
    09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943
    10/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #2 - 13,198 (-17.2%)
    11/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #3 - 13,296 (+0.7%)
    12/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #4 - 12,746 (-4.1%)
    01/2012: Star Trek Ongoing #5 - 12,178 (-4.5%)

     
    IDW would be hoping that the sales drops would be getting smaller, but they’re going the other way at the moment. 

    146. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite) 
    05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
    06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
    07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%)
    10/2011: Kirby Genesis #4 - 14,030 (-9.9%)
    01/2012: Kirby Genesis #5 - 12,174 (-13.2%)

     
    Another one where the drops are getting bigger as the book goes on. 

    147. Chew (Image) 
    01/2010: Chew #8 - 12,727
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Chew #17 - 12,165 (-2.5%)
    04/2011: Chew #18 - 12,438 (+2.2%)
    05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561 (+1.0%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
    08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Chew #22 - 12,296 (-0.01%)
    01/2012: Chew #23 - 12,012 (-2.3%)

     
    This on the other hand is very stable. The new issue sells within a couple of hundred copies of the beginning of the year. All four trades chart, all selling 350-600 copies or so. 

    148. Lobster Johnson The Burning Hand (Dark Horse) 
    01/2012: The Burning Hand #1 - 12,004

     
    This sells 5,000 less copies than the last number one, but that was 5 years ago. This is a couple of thousand copies higher than BPRD. 

    149. Peanuts (Boom!) 
    11/2011: Peanuts #0 - 22,644
    01/2012: Peanuts #1 - 11,994 (-47.0%)

     
    A pretty hefty drop, but it’ll be a couple of issues until orders match sales. 

    150. King Conan Phoenix On The Sword (Dark Horse) 
    01/2012: Phoenix On The Sword #1 - 11,338

     
    The bestselling Conan book for a month, before the new Brian Wood/ Becky Cloonan series starts next month. I think that one will do pretty well. 

    151. GFT Alice In Wonderland (Zenescope) 
    01/2012: GFT Alice In Wonderland #1 - 11,317

     
    This is an excellent figure for Zenescope, their best selling comic in a while. This is very much aiming at their core audience. 

    152. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris 
    03/2011: Dejah Thoris #1 - 18,432
    04/2011: Dejah Thoris #2 - 14,286 (-22.5%)
    05/2011: Dejah Thoris #3 - 14,215 (-0.5%)
    06/2011: Dejah Thoris #4 - 13,584 (-4.4%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Dejah Thoris #5 - 13,331 (-1.9%)
    09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903 (-3.2%)
    10/2011: Dejah Thoris #7 - 12,296 (-4.7%)
    11/2011: Dejah Thoris #8 - 11,419 (-7.1%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Dejah Thoris #9 - 10,989 (-3.8%)

     
    As I mentioned above, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc are suing over the Warlords books, this one in particular, as they feel they have the name trademarked. They’re also not keen on the nude cover variants Dynamite have been putting out… 

     154, 221. Artifacts (Image) 
    01/2011: Artifacts #5 - 11,788  
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Artifacts #6 - 10,910 (-7.4%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Artifacts #7 - 10,667 (-2.2%)
    06/2011: Artifacts #8 - 10,343 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Artifacts #9 - 10,942 (+5.7%)
    09/2011: Artifacts #10 - 9,215 (-15.8%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Artifacts #11 - 9,445 (+2.5%)
    12/2011: Artifacts #12 - 9,142 (-3.2%)
    01/2012: Artifacts #13 - 10,780 (+17.9%)
    01/2012: Artifacts Origins One Shot - 5,988 (-4.4%)

     
    A rise for the last part of the first storyline, as the Top Cow universe is remade. Drawn by Dale Keown, shame much of it was blank space. The Origins one-shot was a collection of the 2-page origin back-ups from the series, so actually sells pretty well. 

    155, 172. Witchblade (Image) 
    01/2007: Witchblade #103 - 22,888
    01/2008: Witchblade #113 - 15,799
    01/2009: Witchblade #123 - 12,635
    01/2010: Witchblade #134 - 12,416
    01/2011: Witchblade #141 - 9,768  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Witchblade #142 - 9,803 (+0.4%)
    03/2011: Witchblade #143 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Witchblade #144 - 10,662 (+13.5%)
    06/2011: Witchblade #145 - 8,996 (-15.6%)
    07/2011: Witchblade #146 - 8,765 (-2.6%)
    08/2011: Witchblade #147 - 8,487 (-3.2%)
    09/2011: Witchblade #148 - 8,461 (-0.3%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Witchblade #149 - 8,391 (-0.8%)
    12/2011: Witchblade #150 - 14,266 (+70.0%)
    01/2012: Witchblade #151 - 10,755 (-24.6%)
    01/2012: Witchblade #152 - 8,979 (-16.5%)

     
    2 issues this month, but sales are back to not far above where they were before the new creative team came on. 

    156. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite) 
    02/2011: Jennifer Blood #1 - 17,413
    03/2011: Jennifer Blood #2 - 14,180 (-18.6%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
    10/2011: Jennifer Blood #5 - 12,337 (-1.7%)
    11/2011: Jennifer Blood #6 - 11,660 (-5.5%)
    12/2011: Jennifer Blood #7 - 11,522 (-1.2%)
    01/2012: Jennifer Blood #8 - 10,767 (-6.5%)

     
    Now we may be seeing the delayed drop that comes with Garth Ennis leaving the book. Still there’s a spin-off prequel, Ninjettes, which ties into the current storyline coming. 

    157. Conan (Dark Horse) 
    01/2007: Conan #36 - 26,332
    01/2008: Conan #48 - 21,850
    01/2009: The Cimmerian #7 - 21,782
    01/2010: The Cimmerian #17 - 17,356
    01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: The Road of Kings #3 - 13,193 (-1.4%)
    04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
    06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
    09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
    10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
    11/2011: The Road of Kings #10 - 11,331 (-1.9%)
    12/2011: The Road of Kings #11 - 10,958 (-3.2%)
    01/2012: The Road of Kings #12 - 10,727 (-2.1%)

     
    Last issue, aforementioned relaunch next month. 

    160. BPRD (Dark Horse) 
    01/2007: -
    01/2008: 1946 #1 - 17,239
    01/2009: Black Goddess #1 (of 5) - 15,984
    01/2010: King of Fear #1 - 14,081
    01/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #1 - 12,820  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #2 - 11,585 (-9.6%)
    03/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #3 - 11,565 (-0.2%)
    04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825 (+10.9%)
    05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
    06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
    08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
    09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
    10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
    11/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #3 - 10,800 (-2.6%)
    12/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #4 - 10,517 (-2.6%)
    01/2012: Hell on Earth: Russia #5 - 10,244 (-2.6%)

     
    That’s an incredibly consistent monthly drop for the last 3 months. It’s perilously close to dropping below 10,000 copies, but will no-doubt get a small boost with the new mini-series launching next month. 

    161. Vampirella (Dynamite) 
    01/2011: Vampirella #2 - 17,531  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Vampirella #3 - 16,366 (-6.6%)
    03/2011: Vampirella #4 - 15,765 (-3.7%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Vampirella #5 - 14,702 (-6.7%)
    06/2011: Vampirella #6 - 13,649 (-7.2%)
    06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645 (-0.0%)
    07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
    08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
    10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Vampirella #12 - 10,726 (+1.0%)
    12/2011: Vampirella Annual #1 - 6,835 (-36.3%)
    01/2012: Vampirella #13 - 10,176 (-5.1%)

     

    176. Vampirella vs Dracula (Dynamite) 
    01/2012: Vampirella Vs Dracula #1 - 8,710

     
    The drops continue for the main book, while Dynamite take a page from DC’s book and launch a new series based on a throwaway Alan Moore story. Those are okay sales, but it does reprint the Moore story, which I think was drawn by Gary Frank. 

    163. Infestation (IDW) 
    01/2011: Infestation #1 - 16,743 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Transformers Infestation #1 - 12,961 (-22.6%)
    02/2011: Transformers Infestation #2 - 11,969 (-7.7%)
    02/2011: Star Trek Infestation #1 - 12,090
    02/2011: Star Trek Infestation #2 - 10,906 (-9.8%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #1 - 8,098
    07/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #2 - 6,614 (-18.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #3 -5,036 (-23.9%)
    10/2011: Infestation: Outbreak #4 -???? (???)
    01/2012: Infestation 2 #1 - 9,771

     
    Quite a bit lower than the last series started, but it’ll be the crossover parts that’ll sell better this time around you’d think. 

    164. GI Joe Ongoing (IDW) 
    01/2007: America's Elite #19 (Devil's Due) - 16,211
    01/2008: America's Elite #31 (Devil's Due) - 14,560
    01/2009: GI Joe #1 - 32,849
    01/2010:
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: GI Joe #26 - 10,323 (-3.0%)
    02/2011: GI Joe #27 - 10,102 (-2.1%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438 (+33.0%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
    04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353 (-5.9%)
    05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
    06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
    07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
    08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
    09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
    10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
    11/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #7 - 9,686 (-5.4%)
    12/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #8 - 10,059 (+3.9%)
    01/2012: GI Joe Vol 2 #9 - 9,701 (-3.6%)

     
    Most of last month’s gain is wiped back out this month. 

    165. The Lone Ranger (Dynamite) 
    01/2009: Lone Ranger and Tonto #2 - 10,048 
    ==== 
    05/2011: Lone Ranger #25 - 7,094 (+0.2%)
    06-12/2011: -
    01/2012: The Lone Ranger #1 - 9,635

     
    Surprisingly decent sales, not that far behind the first series. A bad second issue drop could scupper things though. 

    166. Morning Glories (Image)  
    08/2010: Morning Glories #1 - 8,687 [14,104]
    09/2010: Morning Glories #2 - 8,265 (-41.4%)
    10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258 (+36.2%)
    11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
    12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
    01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)
    02/2011: Morning Glories #7 - 11,037 (+2.2%)
    03/2011: Morning Glories #8 - 10,809 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Morning Glories #9 - 10,975 (+1.5%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
    10/2011: Morning Glories #13 - 10,094 (-4.2%)
    11/2011: Morning Glories #14 - 9,850 (-2.4%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Morning Glories #15 - 9,565 (-2.9%)

     
    Still dropping, but at a fairly slow pace, and the collections chart every month. 

    169. True Blood (IDW) 
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #1 - 19,824 (-22.4%)
    03/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #2 - 16,639 (-16.1%)
    04/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #3 - 15,899 (-4.4%)
    05/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #4 - 13,617 (-14.4%)
    06/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #5 - 5,607 [15,437] (+13.4%)
    07/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #6 - 11,709 (-24.1%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: True Blood French Quarter #1 - 12,277 (+4.9%)
    09/2011: True Blood French Quarter #2 - 10,605 (-13.6%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: True Blood French Quarter #3 - 10,118 (-4.6%)
    12/2011: True Blood French Quarter #4 - 9,637 (-4.8%)
    01/2012: True Blood French Quarter #5 - 9,260 (-3.9%)

     
    The bloom is definitely off this rose, but again this is a book that presumably has a decent book market. 

    171. Voltron (Dynamite) 
    12/2011: Voltron #1 - 15,001
    01/2012: Voltron #2 - 8,990 (-40.1%)

     
    A big drop, but average for a Dynamite book, and this is still higher than you’d expect this property to sell at. 

    173. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW) 
    01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Real American Hero #163 - 10,262 (-2.4%)
    03/2011: Real American Hero #164 - 10,386 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
    06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
    07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
    08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
    09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
    10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
    11/2011: Real American Hero #172 - 9,316 (-3.8%)
    12/2011: Real American Hero #173 - 8,632 (-7.3%)
    01/2012: Real American Hero #174 - 8,926 (+3.4%)

     
    The retro-GI Joe book gets a bit of a rise this month, which would suggest that maybe some of last month’s sales slipped into this month. 

    174. Ghostbusters Ongoing (IDW) 
    09/2010: -
    10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075 (-5.2%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616 (+91.2%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
    02-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716 (+60.0%)
    10/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #2 - 9,514 (-43.1%)
    11/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #3 - 9,268 (-2.6%)
    12/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #4 - 9,558 (+3.1%)
    01/2012: Ghostbuster Ongoing #5 - 8,878 (-7.1%)

     
    A big-ish drop this month, but still good figures. 

    175. The Goon (Dark Horse) 
    01/2008: The Goon #20 - 11,292 
    ==== 
    06/2011: The Goon #34 - 9,203 (-16.3%)
    07/2011: Criminal Macabre/Goon: When Freaks Collide - 9,704 (+5.4%)
    08/2011: The Goon #35 - 8,528 (-12.1%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: The Goon #36 - 8,757 (+2.7%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: The Goon #37 - 8,789 (+0.4%)

     
    A slight rise, overall very solid.  

    177. Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters (IDW) 
    03/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 - 58,879 [69,662]
    04/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 - 14,492 (-79.2%)
    05/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #3 - 14,588 (+0.7%)
    06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890] (+2.1%)
    07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
    08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
    09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
    10/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #8 - 10,637 (-4.5%)
    11/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #9 - 9,879 (-7.1%)
    12/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #10 - 9,294 (-5.9%)
    01/2012: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #11 - 8,676 (-6.6%)

     

    187. Godzilla Legends (IDW) 
    11/2011: Godzilla Legends #1 - 10,330
    12/2011: Godzilla Legends #2 - 8,465 (-18.1%)
    01/2012: Godzilla Legends #3 - 8,012 (-5.4%)

     
    The main series is cancelled with the next issue, to be re-launched later this year. 

    178. Flash Gordon Zeitgeist (Dynamite)  
    11/2011: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1 - 18,288
    01/2012: Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #2 - 8,611 (-52.9%)

     
    Another big Dynamite drop, more than I would have thought, but this is still in retailer orders rather than actual sales. 

    180. Hellraiser (Boom!) 
    03/2011: Hellraiser #1 - 13,850
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
    09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
    10/2011: Hellraiser #6 - 9,715 (-5.7%)
    11/2011: Hellraiser #7 - 9,263 (-4.7%)
    12/2011: Hellraiser #8 - 9,059 (-2.2%)
    01/2012: Hellraiser #9 - 8,382 (-7.5%)

     
    It looked like it might be stabilizing, but it drops quite badly this month. 

    181. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW) 
    01/2010: GI Joe Origins #11 - 11,726
    01/2011: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%) 
    ==== 
    02-4/2011: -
    05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
    06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
    07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
    08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
    08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)

     

    182, 198. Cobra Ongoing (IDW) 
    01/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #1 - 12,062
    01/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #13 - 7,436 (-2.3%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
    06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
    07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
    09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
    10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)
    11/2011: Cobra #7 - 7,177 (-19.6%)
    12/2011: Cobra #8 - 8,381 (+16.8%)
    01/2012: Cobra #9 - 8,249 (-1.6%)
    01/2012: Cobra Annual 2012 Origin Of Cobra Commander #1 - 7,235

     
    The two lesser spin-offs are fairly flat this month, with the Cobra Annual introducing the origin of new Cobra Commander. 

    184. Severed (Image)  
    08/2011: Severed #1 - 10,573 (14,411)
    09/2011: Severed #2 - 9,280 (-12.2%)
    10/2011: Severed #3 - 9,240 (-0.4%)
    11/2011: Severed #4 - 8,716 (-5.7%)
    12/2011: Severed #5 - 8,303 (-4.7%)
    01/2012: Severed #6 - 8,047 (-3.1%)

     
    The penultimate issue of this series, has done pretty well considering it’s a depression-era horror book, not exactly a popular genre. 

     185, 231. Green Hornet (Dynamite)  
    01/2011: Green Hornet #12 - 13,913  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Green Hornet #13 - 12,503 (-10.1%)
    03/2011: Green Hornet #14 - 11,485 (-8.1%)
    04/2011: Green Hornet #15 - 10,708 (-6.8%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Green Hornet #16 - 10,396 (-2.9%)
    07/2011: Green Hornet #17 - 9,708 (-6.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Green Hornet #18 - 9,279 (-4.4%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Green Hornet #19 - 8,799 (-5.2%)
    12/2011: Green Hornet #20 - 8,297 (-5.7%)
    01/2012: Green Hornet #21 - 8,043 (-3.1%)
    01/2012: Green Hornet Annual #2 - 5,226 (-35.0%)

     
    Still dropping a little faster than is comfortable, while the annual does alright, if not stellar sales. 

    186. Whispers (Image) 
    01/2012: Whispers #1 - 8,013

     
    A solo book from Joshua Luna, one half of the Luna Brothers, a little higher than their last series, The Sword ended. It’s maybe been a little lost in the recent raft of Image debuts. 

    188. Irredeemable (Boom)   
    01/2010: Irredeemable #10 - 13,106
    01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Irredeemable #22 - 10,025 (-2.2%)
    03/2011: Irredeemable #23 - 9,983 (-0.4%)
    04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274 (+2.9%)
    05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
    06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
    08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
    09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
    10/2011: Irredeemable #30 - 8,419 (-1.9%)
    11/2011: Irredeemable #31 - 8,229 (-2.3%)
    12/2011: Irredeemable #32 - 8,612 (+4.7%)
    01/2012: Irredeemable #33 - 7,923(-8.0%)

     
    A big drop as the slightly odd crossover (that didn’t really cross over) with Incorruptible ends. This shipped in the first week of the year, and I wonder if maybe a few copies shipped in the previous week, and missed the chart. 

    190. Ferals (Avatar) 
    01/2012: Ferals #1 - 7,802

     
    David Lapham’s twisted Werewolf book (do Avatar publish books that aren’t twisted?) launched with decent figures for a new property, higher than his other recent series, Caligula. 

    191. The Strain (Dark Horse) 
    12/2012: The Strain #1 - 16,023
    01/2012: The Strain #2 - 7,650 (-52.3%)

     
    A big drop, but considering that the first issue was only a dollar, not as big a drop as it could have been. Orchid, the last dollar debut, dropped off 58% for its second issue. 

    192.  Crossed Psychopath (Avatar) 
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Crossed Family Values #7 - 10,217 (+3.1%)
    02/2011: Crossed Psychopath #1 - 10,182 (-0.3%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Crossed Psychopath #2 - 9,692 (-4.8%)
    06/2011: Crossed Psychopath #3 - 9,655 (-0.4%)
    07/2011: Crossed Psychopath #4 - 9,897 (+2.5%
    08-10/2011: -
    11/2011: Crossed Psychopath #5 - 9,524 (-3.8%)
    12/2011: Crossed Psychopath #6 - 8,331 (-12.5%)
    12/2011: Crossed Badlands Opening Salvo - 3,287
    01/2012: Crossed Psychopath #7 - 7,606 (-8.7%)

     
    The final issue takes a large drop, but the new bi-weekly series will certainly get a big boost, as Garth Ennis returns. 

    194. Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom (Dynamite) 
    07/2011: Fall of Barsoom #1 - 11,192
    08/2011: Fall of Barsoom #2 - 9,812 (-12.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Fall of Barsoom #3 - 8,962 (-8.7%)
    11/2011: Fall of Barsoom #4 - 7,978 (-11.0%)
    01/2012: Fall of Barsoom #5 - 7,544 (-5.4%)

     
    Still doing okay, considering it’s an origin of Barsoom book. 

    195. Mega Man (Archie)  
    05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
    06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
    07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
    08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
    09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
    10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)
    11/2011: Mega Man #7 - 7,500 (+0.3%)
    12/2011: Mega Man #8 - 7,092 (-5.4%)
    01/2012: Mega Man #8 - 7,540 (+6.3%)

     
    A nice jump up, for no apparent reason. The first trade sells an unexpectedly small 457 copies. 

    197. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Image) 
    10/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1 - 8,338
    11/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #2 - 6,161 (-26.1%)
    12/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #3 - 7,312 (+18.7%)
    01/2012: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #4 - 7,288 (-0.3%)

     
    Very flat, only 24 copies less than last month. This will almost certainly do quite well in trade, I think. 

    199, 236. Red Sonja (Dynamite)  
    01/2007: Red Sonja #18 - 23,040
    01/2008: Red Sonja #29 - 17,689
    01/2009: -
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: Red Sonja #54 - 8,826  
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Red Sonja #55 - 8,729 (-1.1%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Red Sonja #56 - 8,319 (-4.7%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Red Sonja #57 - 7,888 (-5.2%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Red Sonja #58 - 7,876 (-0.2%)
    11/2011: Red Sonja #59 - 7,759 (-1.5%)
    12/2011: Red Sonja #60 - 8,052 (+3.8%)
    12/2011: Red Sonja #61 - 7,464 (-7.3%)
    01/2012: Red Sonja #62 - 7,160 (-4.1%)
    01/2012: Red Sonja Raven - 4,942

     
    Not doing great, although it seems to be coming out regularly again. The one-shot, a satire on the bad-girl genre, sells reasonable numbers 

    200. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW) 
    01/2010: Doctor Who #7 - 7,239
    01/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 - 8,843  
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 - 7,461 (-15.6%)
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 - 7,523 (+0.8%)
    04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
    05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
    06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
    08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
    09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%)
    10/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #10 - 7,481 (+2.1%)
    11/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #11 - 7,319 (-2.2%)
    12/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #12 - 7,200 (-1.6%)
    01/2012: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #13 - 7,156 (-0.6%)

     
    Very stable, this month is only around 300 copies less than 12 months ago. 

    202. Lady Death (Avatar)
     
    01/2011: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Lady Death #2 - 11,033 (-21.3%)
    03/2011: Lady Death #3 - 10,801 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391 (-3.8%)
    05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
    06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
    07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
    08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
    09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
    10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)
    11/2011: Lady Death #11 - 7,596 (-5.0%)
    12/2011: Lady Death #12 - 7,288 (-4.1%)
    01/2012: Lady Death #13 - 7,132 (-2.1%)

     
    Maybe flattening out. 

    Steed And Mrs Peel (Boom!) 
    01/2012: Steed And Mrs Peel #1 - 6,937

     
    A reprint of Grant Morrison and Ian Gibson’s series from over 20 years ago. It’s good stuff, shame they wouldn’t re-color it, it’s a bit blurry looking. 

     205. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword) 
    01/2007: Tarot #42 - 9,229
    01/2008: Tarot #48 - 9,513
    01/2009: Tarot #54 - 4,693 [8,754]
    01/2010: Tarot #60 - 8,241
    01/2011: Tarot #66 - 7,530  
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Tarot #67 - 7,467 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Tarot #68 - 8,229 (+10.2%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Tarot #69 - 7,303 (-11.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Tarot #70 - 6,955 (-4.8%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Tarot #71 - 6,677 (-4.0%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Tarot #72 - 6,859 (+2.7%)

     
    A nice little bump for Jim Balent’s porny-horror book. 

    207. Mass Effect Invasion (Dark Horse) 
    01/2011: Evolution #1 - 8,944 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Evolution #2 - 7,825 (-12.5%)
    03/2011: Evolution #3 - 7,675 (-1.9%)
    04/2011: Evolution #4 - 7,815 (+1.8%)
    05-09/2011: -
    10/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #1 - 8,607 (+10.1%)
    11/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #2 - 7,876 (-8.5%)
    12/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #3 - 6,941 (-11.9%)
    01/2012: Mass Effect Invasion #4 - 6,772 (-2.4%)

     
    Not great sales, but the collection will be coming out alongside the new game in March, and will no doubt do gang-busters. 

    208. Sonic Universe (Archie) 
    01/2010: Sonic Universe #12 - 6,703
    01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Sonic Universe #25 - 6,464 (+3.8%)
    03/2011: Sonic Universe #26 - 6,571 (+1.7%)
    04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636 (+1.0%)
    05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
    06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
    07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
    08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
    09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
    10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)
    11/2011: Sonic Universe #34 - 7,117 (-1.8%)
    12/2011: Sonic Universe #35 - 6,912 (-2.9%)
    01/2012: Sonic Universe #36 - 6,725 (-2.7%)

     
    No Sonic this month, and despite the drop this book is still selling better than a year ago. 

    209. Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane (Dynamite) 
    01/2012: Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #1 - 6,675

     
    The third tie-in, selling a bit behind the other two (which didn’t ship this month), fairly predictably as I haven’t even heard of these characters. 

    211. Simpsons Comics (Bongo) 
    01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776
    ==== 
    02/2011: Simpsons Comics #175 - 6,896 (+1.8%)
    03/2011: Simpsons Comics #176 - 6,874 (-0.3%)
    04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837 (-0.5%)
    05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
    06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
    09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
    10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)
    11/2011: Simpsons Comics #184 - 6,853 (-0.6%)
    12/2011: Simpsons Comics #185 - 6,796 (-0.8%)
    12/2011: Simpsons Super Spectacular #14 - 4,481
    01/2012: Simpsons Comics #186 - 6,638 (-2.3%) 

    Stable. 

    212. Hack Slash (Image) 
    01/2007: Hack Slash #7 (Devil's Due) - 5,933
    01/2008: Hack Slash #19 (Devil's Due) - 6,452
    01/2010: Hack Slash #29 (Devil's Due) - 5,935
    01/2011: Hack Slash Me Without You - 7,496  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Hack Slash #1 - 10,553 (+40.8%)
    03/2011: Hack Slash #2 - 8,483 (-19.6%)
    04/2011: Hack Slash #3 - 8,554 (+0.8%)
    05/2011: Hack Slash #4 - 8,449 (-1.2%)
    06/2011: Hack Slash #5 - 8,666 (+2.6%)
    07/2011: Hack Slash #6 - 8,201 (-5.4%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Hack Slash #7 - 7,967 (-2.9%)
    09/2011: Hack Slash #8 - 7,737 (-2.9%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Hack Slash #9 - 7,907 (+2.2%)
    12/2011: Hack Slash #10 - 7,033 (-11.0%)
    12/2011: Hack Slash #11 - 6,974 (-0.8%)
    12/2011: Hack Slash Annual 2011 - 6,637 (-4.8%)
    01/2012: Hack Slash #12 - 6,621 (-5.1%) 

    Some quite nasty drops over the last few months, but still just selling more than in the DDP days. 

    213. Incorruptible (Boom) 
    01/2010: Incorruptible #2 - 12,635
    01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Incorruptible #15 - 8,252 (-3.1%)
    03/2011: Incorruptible #16 - 8,108 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257 (+1.8%)
    05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
    06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
    09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
    10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)
    11/2011: Incorruptible #24 - 6,406 (-0.9%)
    12/2011: Incorruptible #25 - 7,099 (+10.8%)
    01/2012: Incorruptible #26 - 6,464 (-8.9%) 

    Drops back down to exactly where it was before the crossover with Irredeemable. 

    214. Dark Shadows (Dynamite) 
    11/2011: Dark Shadows #1 - 9,090
    12/2011: Dark Shadows #2 - 7,407 (-18.5%)
    01/2012: Dark Shadows #3 - 6,337 (-14.5%)

     
    Slightly less of a drop this month, not doing amazingly well but this will no doubt be intended for a collection around the time of Tim Burton’s upcoming film. 

    216. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)  
    01/2011: Myths & Legends #1 - 12,679 
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Myths and Legends #2 - 8,018 (-36.8%)
    03/2011: Myths and Legends #3 - 7,858 (-2.0%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Myths and Legends #4 - 9,224 (+17.4%)
    06/2011: Myths and Legends #5 - 7,612 (-17.5%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 - 6,215 (-18.4%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 - 6,215 (0.0%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Myths and Legends #8 - 6,983 (+12.4%)
    11/2011: Myths and Legends #9 - 6,757 (-3.2%)
    12/2011: Myths and Legends #10 - 6,242 (-7.6%)
    01/2012: Myths and Legends #11 - 6,190 (-0.8%)

     
    This has dropped over 50% in a year, but it’s been relatively stable for the past six months. 

    219. Prophet (Image) 
    01/2012: Prophet #21 - 6,029

     
    This has been massively under-ordered, which I suspect may be down to a slightly aging retailer population, and is going to a second print. Rob Liefeld seems to have hit on an interesting formula, putting indie creators onto his old Maximum/ Awesome titles, but they’re from titles that the vast majority of comic shops wouldn’t have ordered in the past, like Brandon Graham’s King City, and Ross Campbell’s Wet Moon. I think it would have done better if he’d restarted them with new issue ones, particularly as I can’t find any trace of Prophet 12-20 ever having been published. I suspect the same thing will happen with Glory next month. 

    220. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)  
    01/2010: Queen Sonja #3 - 10,768
    01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889
    ==== 
    02/2011: Queen Sonja #14 - 7,636 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Queen Sonja #15 - 7,539 (-1.3%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
    07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
    08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
    09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%)
    10/2011: Queen Sonja #21 - 6,809 (-1.1%)
    10/2011: Queen Sonja #22 - 6,501 (-4.5%)
    11/2011: Queen Sonja #23 - 6,523 (+0.1%)
    11/2011: Queen Sonja #24 - 6,362 (-2.5%)
    12/2011: Queen Sonja #25 - 6,254 (-1.7%)
    01/2012: Queen Sonja #26 - 6,016 (-3.8%)

     
    A slightly bigger drop than usual, but that seems to happen every five months or so. 
    222. Fathom Blue Descent (Aspen)
     
    01/2011: – 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Fathom Blue Descent #2 – 8,588 (-29.5%)
    03/2011: –
    04/2011: –
    05/2011: –
    06/2011: –
    07/2011: –
    08/2011: Fathom Blue Descent #3 – 6,398 (-25.6%)
    09/2011: –
    10/2011: –
    11/2011: –
    12/2011: –
    01/2012: Fathom Blue Descent #4 – 5,827 (-8.9%) 
    Very irregular and not doing too well, although the drops are getting smaller. 

    223. Orchid (Dark Horse) 
    10/2011: Orchid #1 -18,942
    11/2011: Orchid #2 - 7,868 (-58.5%)
    12/2011: Orchid #3 - 6,448 (-18.0%)
    01/2012: Orchid #4 - 5,803 (-10.0%)

     
    Another on that’s dropping pretty fast, but at least seems to be heading towards stability. 

    224. Planet of the Apes (Boom!) 
    04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
    05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
    06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
    07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
    08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
    09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
    10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)
    11/2011: Planet of the Apes #8 - 6,607 (-4.1%)
    12/2011: Planet of the Apes #9 - 6,110 (-7.5%)
    01/2012: Planet of the Apes #10 - 5,710 (-6.5%)

     

    237. Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes (Boom!) 
    11/2011: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #1 - 6,850
    12/2011: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #2 - 5,473 (-20.1%)
    01/2012: Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #3 - 4,926 (-10.0%)

     
    Neither PoTA series doing very well, although another mini-series will follow Betrayal.  

    226. Creepy Comics (Dark Horse) 
    03/2011: Creepy Comics #5 - 6,579 (-10.6%)
    04-06/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Creepy Comics #6 - 6,210 (-5.6%)
    07-12/2011: -
    01/2012: Creepy Comics #7 - 5,540 (-10.8%)

     
    I thought this series had been cancelled to be honest, but it’s still hanging in there with a mix of new and old strips. 

    227. Super Dinosaur (Image) 
    04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
    06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
    10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)
    11/2011: - Super Dinosaur #6 - 6,299 (-14.6%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: - Super Dinosaur #7 - 5,518 (-12.4%)

     
    Ouch, surely this titles can’t continue for much longer. It’s not in the new previews, but I’ve not seen anything about it being cancelled. Then again, Infinite is still being solicited and apparently that’s no more. 

    228, 229. Darkness (Image) 
    01/2007: Darkness Level 1 #1 - 15,950
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: Darkness #74 - 11,000
    01/2010: Darkness #82 - 8,848
    01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544  
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Darkness #90 - 6,482 (-0.9%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
    07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
    10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)
    11/2011: Darkness #95 - 5,500 (-2.3%)
    12/2011: Darkness #96 - 5,939 (+8.0%)
    01/2012: Darkness #97 - 5,328 (-10.3%)
    01/2012: Darkness #98 - 5,316 (-0.2%)

     
    Last month’s gain is wiped out, but issue 100 and a relaunch loom. 

    230. Last Phantom (Dynamite)
     
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Last Phantom #4 - 8,543 (-6.7%)
    03/2011: Last Phantom #5 - 7,643 (-10.5%)
    04/2011: Last Phantom #6 - 6,902 (-9.7%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Last Phantom #7 - 6,470 (-6.3-%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Last Phantom #8 - 6,172 (-4.6%)
    09/2011: Last Phantom #9 - 5,878 (-4.8%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Last Phantom #10 - 5,766 (-1.9%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Last Phantom #11 - 5,302 (-8.0%)

     
    Running about 3 months late, the next issue is it’s last.  

    232. Caligula (Avatar) 
    03/2011: Caligula #1 - 6,712
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Caligula #2 -  6,543 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Caligula #3 -  6,560 (+0.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Caligula #4 -  5,895 (-10.1%)
    11/2011: Caligula #5 -  5,424 (-8.0%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Caligula #6 -  5,212 (-3.9%)

     
    This series really didn’t do too badly, only dropping off around 25% across the seven issues. 

    233. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo) 
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #58 - 5,478 (-2.6%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490 (+2.2%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
    07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
    08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
    09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (+0.2%)
    10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)
    11/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #65 - 5,402 (-0.9%)
    12/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #66 - 5,303 (-1.8%)
    01/2012: Bart Simpson Comics #67 - 5,192 (-2.1%)

     
    Stable. 

    238. Valen The Outcast (Boom!) 
    12/2011: Valen The Outcast #1 - 14,343
    01/2012: Valen The Outcast #2 - 4,926 (-65.6%)

     
    A huge drop, not unexpected as the first issue was a dollar book.  

    240. Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) 
    01/2007: Usagi Yojimbo #100 - 8,424
    01/2008: Usagi Yojimbo #109 - 5,698
    01/2009: - Usagi Yojimbo #117 - 5,100
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #135 - 4,683 (-0.3%)
    04/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #136 - 5,137 (+9.7%)
    05/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #137 - 4,803 (-6.5%)
    06/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #138 - 4,778 (-0.5%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #139 - 4,769 (-0.2%)
    09/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #140 - 4,743 (-0.5%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #141 - 5,127 (+8.1%)
    11/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #142 - 4,795 (-6.9%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Usagi Yojimbo #143 - 4,788 (-0.1%)

     
    Seven copies down on last month, ridiculously stable. 

     241, 258. Rachel Rising (Abstract)   
    01/2009: Echo #9 - 6,132 [12,056]
    01/2010: Echo #19 - 4,978 [9,787] (-3.5%)
    01/2011: Echo #27 - 6,675 (-23.5%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Echo #28 - 7,995 (+19.8%)
    03/2011: Echo #29 - 8,016 (+0.3%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Echo #30 - 8,340 (+4.0%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Rachel Rising #1 - 10,989 (+31.8%)
    09/2011: Rachel Rising #2 - 8,189 (-25.5%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Rachel Rising #3 - 8,872 (+8.3%)
    12/2011: Rachel Rising #4 - 4,331 (9068) (+2.2%)
    01/2012: Rachel Rising #5 - 4,180 (???)

     
    Well, as predicted last month, over half of the sales slipped into this month. What I didn’t expect was for it to happen again this month. I’ve not bothered doing the percentages for issue five, we’ll see next month. It’s doing very well though, with sales increasing since issue 3. 

    242. Soulfire (Aspen) 
    01/2007: Soulfire Chaos Reign #3 - 5,285
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: Soulfire Shadow Magic #2 - 7,229
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: Soulfire Volume Two #9 - 5,675
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Soulfire Volume Three #0 - 6,213 (+9.5%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #1 - 7,048 (+13.4%)
    07/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #2 - 6,141 (-12.9%)
    08/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #3 - 5,895 (-4.0%)
    09/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #4 - 5,029 (-14.7%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #5 - 5,059 (+0.6%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Soulfire Vol 3. #6 - 4,723 (-6.6%)

     
    The drops resume this month after a slight rise last month. 

    243. PC Cast House of Night (Dark Horse) 
    11/2011: PC Cast House of Night #1 - 13,860
    12/2011: PC Cast House of Night #2 - 5,315 (-61.6%)
    01/2012: PC Cast House of Night #3 - 4,677 (-12.0%)

     
    Maybe starting to level out, this is obviously intended for the book trade. 

    244. 30 Days of Night (IDW) 
    05/2011: Night Again #1 - 8,472
    06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055 (-16.7%)
    07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
    08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (+61.5%)
    11/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #2 - 6,429 (-22.8%)
    12/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #3 - 5,092 (-20.8%)
    01/2012: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #4 - 4,662 (-8.4%)

     
    Another one finally starting to stabilize, possibly. 

    248. Elric: The Balance Lost (Boom!) 
    07/2011: The Balance Lost #1 - 9,893
    08/2011: The Balance Lost #2 - 6,643 (-32.8%)
    09/2011: The Balance Lost #3 - 6,345 (-4.4%)
    10/2011: The Balance Lost #4 - 5,758 (-9.3%)
    11/2011: The Balance Lost #5 - 5,409 (-6.1%)
    12/2011: The Balance Lost #6 - 4,928 (-8.9%)
    01/2012: The Balance Lost #7 - 4,603 (-6.6%)

     
    Probably not too much longer for this world, I’m not sure if Moorcock’s characters will ever do particularly well in comic form. 

    250. Kull (Dark Horse)
     
    01/2011: The Hate Witch #3 - 6,290 (-6.7%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: The Hate Witch #4 - 6,018 (-4.3%)
    03-09/2011: -
    10/2011: The Cat & The Skull #1 - 6,249 (+3.8%)
    11/2011: The Cat & The Skull #2 - 5,186 (-17.0%)
    12/2011: The Cat & The Skull #3 - 4,610 (-11.1%)
    01/2012: The Cat & The Skull #4 - 4,530 (-1.7%)

     
    The last issue, and probably the last new Kull stuff for a while. 

    252, 274. Robocop Road Trip (Dynamite) 
    01/2012: Robocop Road Trip #1 - 4,334
    01/2012: Robocop Road Trip #2 - 3,401 (-21.5%)

     
    Not too bad a second issue drop for a Dynamite book, but then it didn’t start that well. 

    253. Nancy in Hell (Image) 
    01/2012: Nancy In Hell On Earth #1 - 4,323

     
    Starts around the same level as the end of the last series a couple of years ago. 

    255. Cold War (IDW)
     
    01/2011: Next Men #2 - 8,882  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Next Men #3 - 8,568 (-3.5%)
    03/2011: Next Men #4 - 8,395 (-2.0%)
    04/2011: Next Men #5 - 8,525 (+1.5%)
    05/2011: Next Men #6 - 8,387 (-1.6%)
    06/2011: Next Men #7 - 8,090 (-3.5%)
    07/2011: Next Men #8 - 7,817 (-3.4%)
    08/2011: Next Men #9 - 7,651 (-2.1%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934
    11/2011: Cold War #2 - 5,881 (-25.9%)
    12/2011: Cold War #3 - 4,708 (-20.0%)
    01/2012: Cold War #4 - 4,262 (-9.5%)

     
    This experiment ends with a whimper, Next Men is back next month. 

    256. Dark Matter (Dark Horse) 
    01/2012: Dark Matter #1 - 4,261

     
    A new sci-fi book from Dark Horse written by a couple of Stargate writers. Hasn’t really set the world on fire sales-wise. 

    257. Salem's Daughter (Zenescope) 
    07/2011: Salem's Daughter one shot (part 6) - 6,423 (-4.1%)
    08/2011: Salem's Daughter Haunting #1 - 5,171 (-19.4%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Salem's Daughter Haunting #2 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Salem's Daughter Haunting #3 - 4,378 (???)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Salem's Daughter Haunting #4 - 4,241 (-3.1%)

     
    I guess these aren’t awful figures for Zenescope, but quite a bit behind their other bad-girl books. 

    259. HP Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror (IDW) 
    10/2011: Dunwich Horror #1 - 5,802
    11/2011: Dunwich Horror #2 - 4,906 (-15.4%)
    12/2011: Dunwich Horror #3 - 4,445 (-9.4%)
    01/2012: Dunwich Horror #3 - 4,111 (-7.8%)

     
    This is another one for the book market. 

    260. Avengelyne (Image)
    07/2011: Avengelyne #1 - 8,851
    08/2011: Avengelyne #2 - 4,710 (-46.8%)
    09/2011: Avengelyne #3 - 4,269 (-9.4%)
    10/2011: Avengelyne #4 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Avengelyne #5 - ???? (???)
    01/2012: Avengelyne #6 - 4,099 (???)

     
    Although it failed to chart the last two months, this seems to be fairly stable, and has only lost 170 copies over the last three issues. 

    261. Memorial (IDW) 
    12/2011: Memorial #1 - 7,100
    01/2012: Memorial #2 - 4,073 (-42.6%)

     
    Hmm, clearly aiming at recreating the success of Locke & Key, currently this seems to be missing that mark. 

    262. Zorro Rides Again (Dynamite) 
    03/2011: Death of Zorro #1 - 9,220
    04/2011: Death of Zorro #2 - 7,309 (-20.7%)
    05/2011: Death of Zorro #3 - 7,187 (-1.7%)
    06/2011: Death of Zorro #4 - 6,634 (-7.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #1 - 6,569 (-1.0%)
    08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #2 - 5,740 (-12.6%)
    09/2011: Zorro Rides Again #3 - 5,274 (-8.1%)
    10/2011: Zorro Rides Again #4 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Zorro Rides Again #5 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Zorro Rides Again #6 - 3,908 (???)
    01/2012: Zorro Rides Again #7 - 3,907 (0%)

     
    That’s pretty damn stable. 

    263. The Theater (Zenescope) 
    10/2011: The Theater #1 - 5,469
    11/2011: The Theater #2 - 4,374 (-20.0%)
    12/2011: The Theater #3 - 3,984 (-8.9%)
    01/2012: The Theater #4 - 3,875 (-2.7%)

     
    Also starting to stabilize. 

    264. Mudman (Image) 
    11/2011: Mudman #1 - 4,742
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Mudman #2 - 3,827 (-19.3%)

     
    Not too bad a second issue drop, but I really hoped this would do better, it’s very good.  

    265. Charismagic (Aspen) 
    04/2011: Charismagic #1 - 6,625
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Charismagic #2 - 5,297 (-20.0%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Charismagic #3 - 4,330 (-18.3%)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Charismagic #4 - 3,801 (-12.2%)

     
    The drops are starting to slow down. 

    267. Charmed (Zenescope)
     
    01/2011: Charmed #5 - 7,196  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Charmed #6 - 7,014 (-2.5%)
    03/2011: Charmed #7 - 6,160 (-12.2%)
    03/2011: Charmed #8 - 6,046 (-1.9%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Charmed #9 - 5,883 (-2.7%)
    06/2011: Charmed #10 - 4,858 (-17.4%)
    06/2011: Charmed #11 - 5,352 (+10.2%)
    07/2011: Charmed #12 - 4,946 (-7.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Charmed #13 - 4,722 (-4.5%)
    09/2011: Charmed #14 - 4,626 (-2.0%)
    10/2011: -
    11/2011: Charmed #15 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Charmed #16 - ???? (???)
    01/2012: Charmed #17 - 3,692 (???)

     
    The last couple of issues missed the chart, but this is dropping off the map. 

    269. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (Dynamite)
     
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Eye of the World #8 - 4,499 (-3.9%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Eye of the World #9 - 4,469 (-0.7%)
    05/2011: Eye of the World #10 - 4,276 (-4.3%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Eye of the World #11 - 4,288 (+0.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Eye of the World #12 - 4,212 (-1.8%)
    09/2011: Eye of the World #13 - 3,973 (-5.7%)
    10/2011: Eye of the World #14 - ???? (???)
    10/2011: Eye of the World #15 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Eye of the World #16 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Eye of the World #17 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Eye of the World #18 - 3,702 (???)
    01/2011: Eye of the World #19 - 3,617 (-2.3%)

     
    Eight issues in four months, and sales are actually very stable over the period that the book failed to chart. 

    270. The Activity (Image) 
    12/2011: The Activity #1 - 5,269
    01/2012: The Activity #2 - 3,512 (30.3%)

     
    Quite a bad second issue drop, and possibly the last time this will make a chart appearance. 

    271. Last of The Greats (Image) 
    10/2011: Last of The Greats #1 - 7,338
    11/2011: Last of The Greats #2 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Last of The Greats #3 - 3,840 (???)
    01/2012: Last of The Greats #4 - 3,507 (-8.7%)

     
    Not great sales, but evidently enough to bring a second series later in the year. 

    273. Dead Man's Run (Aspen) 
    10/2011: Dead Man's Run #0 - ????
    11-12/2011: -
    01/2012: Dead Man's Run #1 - 3,421

     
    Greg Pak’s new series, not doing too well though. 

    275. Bomb Queen (Image) 
    03/2011: Bomb Queen vs. Hack Slash oneshot - 6,874
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011:
    07/2011: Bomb Queen: All Girl Special #1 - 4,013 (-41.6%)
    12/2011: Bomb Queen VII Queen's World #1 - ???? (???)
    01/2012: Bomb Queen VII Queen's World #2 - 3,333 (???)

     
    Jimmie Robinson’s ultimate bad-girl comic rumbles on. He’s a lovely, lovely bloke, so I’m glad he’s still doing it! 

    276. Pigs (Image) 
    09/2011: Pigs #1 - 7,546
    10/2011: Pigs #2 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Pigs #3 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Pigs #4 - 3,587 (???)
    01/2012: Pigs #5 - 3,331 (-7.1%)

     
    This maybe seems to be leveling out. 

    277. Sixth Gun (Oni) 
     
    01/2011: Sixth Gun #8 - 3,317 (???) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Sixth Gun #9 - 3,279  (-1.1%)
    03/2011: Sixth Gun #10 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Sixth Gun #11 - 3,418 (???)
    05/2011: Sixth Gun #12 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Sixth Gun #13 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Sixth Gun #14 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Sixth Gun #15 - 3,403 (???)
    10/2011: Sixth Gun #16 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Sixth Gun #17 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Sixth Gun #18 - 3,328 (???)

     
    Although it misses the chart more often than not it’s very stable, and does quite well in trade I understand. It’s one of my favorite books, so long may it continue! 

    278. Graveyard of Empires (Image) 
    06/2011: Graveyard of Empires #1 - 5,381
    07/2011: -
    08/2012: Graveyard of Empires #2 - ???? (???)
    09-12/2011: -
    01/2012: Graveyard of Empires #3 - 3,310 (???)

     
    The last issue missed the charts, the irregularity seems to have hurt it a bit though. 

    279. Key of Z (Boom!) 
    10/2011: Key of Z #1 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Key of Z #2 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Key of Z #3 - 3,636 (???)
    01/2011: Key of Z #4 - 3,285 (-9.6%)

     
    Last issue, but this was a pretty good series, hopefully the collection will do well. 

    280. The Occultist (Dark Horse) 
    11/2011: The Occultist #1 - 5,701
    12/2011: The Occultist #2 - 3,645 (-36.1%)
    01/2012: The Occultist #3 - 3,252 (-10.8%)

     
    The last issue, probably forever with these sales. 

    281. Bulletproof Coffin (Image) 
    01/2012: Bulletproof Coffin Disinterred #1  - 3,239

     
    David Hine & Shaky Kane return with a new series of the critical hit. 

    282. Shinku (Image) 
    06/2011: Shinku #1 - 5,445
    07/2011: Shinku #2 - 4,096 (-24.8%)
    08-10/2011: -
    11/2011: Shinku #3 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Shinku #4 - 3,235 (???)

     
    Apparently stabilizing, this is still being solicited so Image must have some faith in it. 

    285. Knights of the Dinner Table (Kenzer Co)
     
    01/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #170 - 1,623  
    ==== 
    02/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #171 - 3,436 (+111.7%)
    03/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #172 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #173 - 3,408
    05/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #174 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #175 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #176 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #177 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #178 - ???? (???)
    10/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #179 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #180 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #181 - 3,181 (???)
    01/2011: Knights of the Dinner Table #182 - 3,127 (-1.7%)

     
    Stable, and as a commenter mentioned last month, this has a lot of sales in the RPG market. 
    287. Strawberry Shortcake (Ape Entertainment) 
    08/2011: Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fun #1 – 4,851
    09/2012: –
    10/2011: Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fun #2 – ???? (???)
    11/2011: Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fun #3 – ???? (???)
    12/2011: –
    01/2012: Strawberry Shortcake Berry Fun #4 – 3,045 (???) 
    Not too bad for an old licence, you’d think APE are aiming for strong book sales. 

    289. Atlas Unified (Ardden) 
    01/2012: Atlas Unified #1 - 2,990

     
    It looks like the relaunched Atlas is on hiatus at the moment, with this crossover book coming out from UK publisher Ardden, and written by the under-rated Hourman & Authority writer Tom Peyer. 

    290. Mice Templar (Image) 
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Vol 3 #2 - 3,781 (-14.0%)
    03/2011: Vol 3 #3 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Vol 3 #4 - 3,442 (???)
    06-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Mice Templar v3 #5 - ????
    10-11/2011: -
    12/2011: Mice Templar v3 #6 - ????
    01/2012: Mice Templar v3 #7 - 2,949 (???)

     
    Difficult to tell, as so many issues have missed the chart, but this seems to be fairly stable. 

    291. Elephantmen (Image) 
    01/2007: Elephantmen #6 - 6,771
    01/2008: -
    01/2009: Elephantmen #15 - 4,621
    01/2010: -
    01/2011: - 
    ==== 
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Elephantmen #30 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Elephantmen #31 - 3,294 (???)
    07/2011: Elephantmen #32 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Elephantmen #33 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Elephantmen #34 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Elephantmen #35 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Elephantmen #36 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Elephantmen #37 - 2,938 (???)

     
    Another one that seems pretty stable, it’s only lost 360 copies or so over the last seven issues. Definitely one that is supported by its book sales, the collections do very well I understand. 

    292. Shonen Jump (Viz)
     
    01/2011: Shonen Jump February 2011 - 2,809 (???) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Shonen Jump March 2011 - 4,148 (+47.7%)
    03/2011: Shonen Jump April 2011 #100 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Shonen Jump May 2011 - ???? (???)
    05/2011: Shonen Jump June July 2011- 3,034 (???)
    06/2011: Shonen Jump August 2011 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Shonen Jump September 2011 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Shonen Jump October/ November 2011 - ???? (???)
    10/2011: Shonen Jump December 2011 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Shonen Jump January 2011 - 3,690 (???)
    01/2011: Shonen Jump February 2011 - 2,902 (-21.4%)

     
    Two more issues to go and then digital only. This must have been a month without one of the special Yu Gi Oh cards that increase sales. 

    293. Nowhere Man (Dynamite) 
    01/2011: Nowhere Man #1 - 2,866

     
    Written by TV writer Mark Guggenheim, this was originally going to be a Virgin comics book, with Paul Gulacy on art and Hugh Jackman involved in some way. 

    294. Near Death (Image) 
    09/2011: Near Death #1 - 5,922
    10/2011: Near Death #2 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Near Death #3 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Near Death #4 - 3,105 (???)
    01/2012: Near Death #5 - 2,864 (-7.8%)

     
    Not doing great, but Jay Faerber’s book is still being solicited. 

    295. Legend of Oz The Wicked West (Big Dog Ink) 
    11/2011: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #1 - 5,076
    12/2011: -
    01/2012: Legend of Oz The Wicked West #2 - 2,853 (-43.8%)

     
    A big drop, but probably still decent figures for the neophyte publisher. 

    297. Life With Archie(Archie) 
    01/2011: Married Life #6 - ????
    ==== 
    02/2011: Married Life #7 - 3,166 (???)
    03/2011: Married Life #8 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Married Life #9 - 2,902
    05/2011: Married Life #10 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Married Life #11 - ???? (???)
    07/2011:
    08/2011: Married Life #12 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Married Life #13 - ???? (???)
    10/2011: Married Life #14 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Married Life #15 - ???? (???)
    01/2011: Married Life #16 - 2,802

     
    This alternate universe book following up on the “marriages” to Betty and Veronica seems to be very stable, only dropping a hundred copies in the last 7 issues. 

    298. 7 Warriors (Boom) 
    11/2011: 7 Warriors #1 - 4,710
    12/2011: 7 Warriors #2 - 3,191 (-32.2%)
    01/2012: 7 Warriors #3 - 2,790 (-12.6%)

     
    Levelling out, this is a reprint of a French book, so is probably pretty cheap to produce. 

    299. Stuff of Legend (Th3rd World) 
    08/2011: Stuff Of Legend Jesters Tale #1 - ????
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Stuff Of Legend Jesters Tale #2 - ????
    11/2011: -
    12/2011: Stuff Of Legend Jesters Tale #3 - ????
    01/2012: Stuff Of Legend Jesters Tale #4 - 2,717

     
    I really like this book, it should be doing better. I’d recommend checking out the collections if you like good fantasy books. 

    300. Jurassic Park (IDW) 
     
    01/2011: Devils in the Desert #1 - 4,293 (-11.3%) 
    ==== 
    02/2011: Devils in the Desert #2 - 3,372 (-21.5%)
    03/2011: Devils in the Desert #3 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Devils in the Desert #4 - 3,671 (???)
    05-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Dangerous Games #1 - 3,860 (+5.1%)
    10/2011: Dangerous Games #2 - ???? (???)
    11/2011: Dangerous Games #3 - ???? (???)
    12/2011: Dangerous Games #4 - ???? (???)
    01/2012: Dangerous Games #5 - 2,606 (???)

     
    The last issue, and probably another one that’s over for the moment.
    ====== 
    All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

    BookScan: Kids' comics ruled in 2011 bookstore sales

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    Ursula Vernon's Dragonbreath

    It’s our favorite day of the year! The day retailer Brian Hibbs posts the complete BookScan chart for the previous year, with his own analysis. You can download the entire chart for your own edification in the first link above, but we’ll just cut to the chase. Here are the top 20 GNs for the year:

    157,786 DORK DIARIES RUSSELL RACHEL RENEE
    84,045 BIG NATE FROM THE TOP PEIRCE LINCOLN
    39,382 ADV OF OOK & GLUK KUNG FU CAVE PILKEY DAV
    36,436 MAUS I SPIEGELMAN ART
    35,365 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM 1 KIRKMAN ROBERT
    34,297 TWILIGHT GRAPHIC NOVEL V 2 MEYER STEPHENIE
    32,931 BONE OUT FROM BONEVILLE SMITH JEFF
    32,223 PERSEPOLIS 1 SATRAPI MARJANE
    31,526 NARUTO V 50 KISHIMOTO MASASHI
    30,885 SCOTT PILGRIM V 1 SCOTT PILGRI O’MALLEY BRYAN LEE
    29,430 ADV OF OOK & GLUK KUNG FU CAVE PILKEY DAV
    27,081 WALKING DEAD V1 DAYS GONE BYE KIRKMAN ROBERT
    26,111 WALKING DEAD V 14 NO WAY OUT KIRKMAN ROBERT
    24,004 DRAGONBREATH VERNON URSULA
    23,743 BIG NATE & FRIENDS PEIRCE LINCOLN
    23,567 POKEMON BLACK & WHITE V 1 KUSAKA HIDENORI
    23,349 MAXIMUM RIDE V 4 MANGA PATTERSON JAMES
    23,025 SCOTT PILGRIM V 2 SCOTT PILGRI O’MALLEY BRYAN LEE
    22,934 NARUTO V51 KISHIMOTO MASASHI
    22,797 BONE THE GRT COW RACE SMITH JEFF

    We’ll have lots more analysis of the chart on Monday, but if you look at the above, one thing is screamingly clear: kids comics are what is selling in bookstores. And not in comics shops.

    For instance, has a copy of Dragonbreath ever been sold in a comics shop? Is it ever even mentioned? Have you ever heard of Ursula Vernon? According to her website:

    Dragonbreath is the current children’s book series from Ursula Vernon. A combination of text and graphic novel, the Dragonbreath books tell of the adventures of Danny Dragon, a young dragon attending a school for reptiles and amphibians. Join Danny and his best friend Wendell the Iguana as they travel under the sea outwitting bullies, fending off giant squid, meet giant heron, run from ninjas,and fight were-hotdogs, all the while trying to avoid getting an F in Science!


    If you’re wondering where DC and Marvel are, DC charts for the first time at #25 with (surprise!) WATCHMEN.

    Marvel? All the way down at #149 with that RICHARD CASTLE: DEADLY STORM tie-in.

    Hibbs’ analysis includes charts showing year-to-year changes for all the top publishers, and includes an analysis of the long tail—the complete BookScan chart of more than 24,000 items. Although sales were down in the top 750 for the fourth year in a row unit-wise (ouch), when the entire category is examined, the unit drop for the year is smaller and dollars are UP:

    We are now tracking almost 24k items through the BookScan charts, which is almost a 9% increase since 2010, and an amazing 82% increase since 2007. This is a much rosier chart — while units sold are still down (but only by 3.6%), dollar sales are actually up by almost 2%!

    I would primarily attribute this to two things: first, the majority of the new books entering the market every year are “western” comics, and, as such, bear a much higher cover price than manga books; and second, there’s a certain amount of greater stability in the “long tail” base simply because of lower piece sales. By this I mean that over 6000 of the 24k items in the full database — a full quarter! — have reported sales of five copies or less. It is, generally, less likely for those books to drop from (say) 5 copies to 4, than it is for a best-seller to drop from 5200 copies to 5000, in my opinion as a bookseller.

    Still, there is a general paucity of “new hits” to the market in 2011 that, when combined with the crushing crash of manga gives you an ugly looking picture for the frontlist. The positive news is that with the slow-motion collapse of Borders now concluded, there’s every reason to think that 2012 is going to look a whole lot better.


    As I’ve mentioned here several times, while the daily changes in the periodical chart after this or that event has been sifted and resifted by industry watchers, the big underreported story of 2011 was the decline in graphic novel sales. A lack of a new Scott Pilgrim is part of the reason, but it’s also clear that aside from kids’ books and media tie-ins (predominantly female-driven), publishers are not putting out material that is setting the book world on fire.

    BTW, we’re not putting much emphasis on the actual numbers—BookScan sales are accurate to a degree, but actual sales are higher by variable degrees.

    As Hibbs also mentions, the fall of Borders was part of the story as well—as is manga’s continuing decline. That’s the half-empty part.

    The half-full part? Kids read comics! Amazing. Something no one could have foreseen.

    It’s a day busting with news, so we’ll be back to break down this chart with this year’s Shiga line on Monday.

    Marvel beats DC market share by a hair in December

    Amazing infographic tells you everything about NYT best seller list

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    Comics Alliance has run this amazing infographic by Tim Leong, based on the year’s NY Times graphic novel bestsellers. This is a topic ripe for study since it has contained many, many surprises — like appearances by DAVID B. on the list? Awesome sauce.

    What is not a surprise is that WALKING DEAD and SCOTT PILGRIM have dominated the charts for most of 18 months. The future of comics is masterful, multi-volume media tie-ins that speak to contemporary life, it seems.

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    Oh yeah, this is interesting, as well.

    Click on link for MUCH larger version. Study and then report on your findings.

    Indie Month-to-Month Sales: October 2011

    By Paul Mellerick

    Buffy continues in the top spot, while a double-shipping Walking Dead takes second and third places. Turtles creeps back up to fourth, and Star Trek/ Legion of Superheroes gets off to a very promising start. Further down, Orchid benefits from a rock star contributor, Garth Ennis & John Byrne launch new titles and a remarkable success story finishes off the month.

    This month everyone wants to know how DC’s New 52 has affected the sales of everyone else’s books. It’s a little too early to tell, the re-charting DC books have pushed a lot of indies off the charts, but while the indie publishers have a lot less titles charting this month, their market and dollar share have only dropped a little, suggesting that sales are up overall. The next three months will show the effects far more clearly.

    Only 87 indie books charted this month, down from last month’s high of 127 and again the number 87 book sold around the same as the number 87 book last month. The bottom book sold 5,167 compared to last month’s 3,341.
    In total those books sold approximately 921,878, well down on last month’s 1,053,116. That said, last month the average sales were 8,292 per book, this month it’s 10,596. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

    A look over the sales seem to suggest that the better-selling books have weathered okay, but a lot of books further down the charts have suffered serious drops, with retailers maybe choosing to spend their re-stock money on DC books rather than indies.

    This month Image were the number three publisher, with 4.49% dollar share and a 3.98 market share thanks to two issues of Walking Dead, followed by Dark Horse with 4.44% dollar share and 3.28% market share, IDW with a 4.00% dollar share and a 2.97% market share, Dynamite with a 2.81% dollar share and a 2.42% market share, and Boom with 1.68% dollar and 1.02% market share. All but Boom slightly down on last month, but with way fewer titles, a very positive sign.

    64. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 - 94,144
    10/2008: -
    10/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29 - 50,236
    10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
    12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
    01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 (-1.3%)
    02-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
    10/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2 - 36,448 (-15.1%)
    				6 month (n.a.)
    				1 year (-15.3%)
    				2 year (-30.3%)
    				3 year (-53.0%)
    				4 year (-61.3%)

    Ouch, that’s quite a nasty drop considering the history of the book, massively down on sales of the last season, despite still being the top indie book. Possibly that big gap wasn’t such a great idea.

    78,79. The Walking Dead (Image)
    
    10/2006: -
    10/2007: The Walking Dead #43 - 22,737
    10/2008: The Walking Dead #53 - 24,094
    10/2009: The Walking Dead #66 - 24,944
    10/2010: The Walking Dead #78 - 27,947
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: The Walking Dead #79 - 28,971 (+3.7%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: The Walking Dead #80 - 29,526 (+1.9%)
    02/2011: The Walking Dead #81 - 30,750  (+4.1%)
    03/2011: The Walking Dead #82 - 31,174 (+1.4%)
    03/2011: The Walking Dead #83 - 33,686 [39,938](+28.1%)
    04/2011: The Walking Dead #84 - 31,930 (-20.1%)
    05/2011: The Walking Dead #85 - 37,552 (+17.6%)
    06/2011: The Walking Dead #86 - 32,187 (-14.3%)
    07/2011: The Walking Dead #87 - 32,126 (-0.2%)
    08/2011: The Walking Dead #88 - 31,839 (-0.9%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: The Walking Dead #89 - 31,351 (-1.5%)
    10/2011: The Walking Dead #90 - 31,778 (+1.4%)
    				6 month (+3.3%)
    				1 year (+13.7%)
    				2 year (+27.4%)
    				3 year (+31.9%)
    				4 year (+39.8%)
    				5 year (n.a.)

    After skipping a month, Walking Dead ships twice in near equal numbers, and it’s pretty much stable. We’ll see over the next couple of months whether the TV show pumps these figures even higher, certainly the book sales have picked up. The new hardcover, volume seven, charted at number 2 on the graphic novel chart, with sales of 4,674, the Walking Dead Survivors Guide charts at 7 with sales of 3,333, and all of the rest of the trades chart as well.

    109. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW)
    
    08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803
    09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%)
    10/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #3 - 22,855 (+18.2%)

    A big jump back up, suggesting retailers cut their orders a little too much on the last issue. This really is very strong for the title, possibly the best sales since the cartoon was on the telly.

    114. Star Trek Legion of Superheroes (IDW)
    
    10/2011: Star Trek Legion of Superheroes #1 - 20,950

    That’s an excellent debut for what could be a slightly hokey cross-over, only a little below what Legion was selling before the relaunch, when retailers would have been placing their orders for this, and well above the Star Trek ongoing. It’s had a second print as well. At least some of the interest might be down to the return of long-time Legion artist Jeffrey Moy.

    119. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2006: -
    10/2007: -
    10/2008: After the Fall #13 - 40,838
    10/2009: Angel #26 - 22,886
    10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
    12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
    01/2011: Angel #41 - 13,566 (-4.3%)
    02/2011: Angel #42 - 13,136 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Angel #43 - 13,032 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: Angel #44 - 12,897 (-1.0%)
    08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
    09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
    10/2011: Angel & Faith #3 - 19,437 (-5.1%)
    			6 month (+50.7%)
    			1 year (+28.6%)
    			2 year (-15.1%)
    			3 year (-52.4%)
    			4 year (n.a.)
    			5 year (n.a.)

    That’s a really small drop at this point, it seems to be finding its level quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if sales actually increase from here, It’s been pretty good and is a much better match to Buffy than the IDW version was.

    121. Star Wars Crimson Empire III (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2011: Star Wars Crimson Empire III #1 - 19,095

    This launches well below the sales of the last series, which launched with 40,383. But that’s okay, because the last series shipped a long time ago (see what I did there) way back in November 1998, before the prequel trilogy had a chance to destroy many fans obsession with the series. These are actually very good numbers, 50% or so higher than the next Star Wars book on the chart.

    124. Orchid (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2011: Orchid #1 -18,942

    Written by Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, which seems to have pushed it to a very good debut. This issue was only a dollar, which no doubt also helped.

    134. The Boys (Dynamite)
    
    10/2007: The Boys #11 - 30,852
    10/2008: The Boys #23 - 28,864
    10/2009: The Boys #35 - 24,841
    10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
    12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
    01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293 (-1.5%)
    02/2011: The Boys #51 - 18,728 (-2.9%)
    03/2011: The Boys #52 - 18,955 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
    05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
    06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
    07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
    08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
    09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
    10/2011: The Boys #59 - 17,533 (-0.7%)
    		6 month (-6.2%)
    		1 year (-13.2%)
    		2 year (-29.4%)
    		3 year (-39.1%)
    		4 year (-43.2%)

    Pretty stable this month.

    140. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)
    
    09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888
    10/2011: Game of Thrones #2 - 16,094 (-22.9%)

    That’s a pretty standard second issue drop.

    150. Invincible (Image)
    
    10/2006: -
    10/2007: -
    10/2008: -
    10/2009: Invincible #67 - 15,831
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Invincible #75 - 17,029 (+8.2%)
    12/2010: Invincible #76 - 15,577 (-8.5%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Invincible #77 - 15,515 (-0.4%)
    03/2011: Invincible #78 - 15,808 (+1.9%)
    04/2011: Invincible #79 - 15,558 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Invincible #80 - 15,563 (+0.0%)
    07/2011: Invincible #81 - 15,207 (-2.3%)
    08/2011: Invincible #82 - 15,105 (-0.7%)
    09/2011: -
    08/2011: Invincible #83 - 15,249 (+0.9%)
    
    		6 month (-2.0%)
    		1 year (n.a.)
    		2 year (-3.7%)
    		3 year (n.a.)
    		4 year (n.a.)
    		5 year (n.a.)

    It’s a rare event for Invincible to ship in October, so it celebrates with a small rise.

    157. Butcher Baker (Dynamite)
    
    11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
    12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)
    01/2011: Highland Laddie #6 - 14,214 (-4.3%)
    02-06/2011: -
    07/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #1 - 16,118
    08/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #2 - 15,168 (-6.2%)
    09/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #3 - 14,605 (-3.7%)
    10/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #4 - 14,303 (-2.1%)

    Only 2 issues to go on the last of the mini-series spin-offs from The Boys, as we finally start finding out what happened to Butcher’s wife.

    162. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite)
    
    05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
    06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
    07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%)
    10/2011: Kirby Genesis #4 - 14,030 (-9.9%)

    The drops are slowing a bit.

    166. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2010: Old Republic #4 - 16,160
    ====
    
    11/2010: Old Republic #5 - 15,660 (-3.1%)
    12/2010: Old Republic #6 - 14,862 (-5.1%)
    01-05/2011: -
    06/2011: Old Republic #1 - 17,642 (+18.7%)
    07/2011: Old Republic #2 - 15,436 (-12.5%)
    08/2011: Old Republic #3 - 14,741 (-4.7%)
    09/2011: Old Republic #4 - 14,121 (-4.2%)
    10/2011: Old Republic #5 - 13,580 (-3.8%)
    169. Star Wars: Invasion Revelations (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2009: Invasion #4 - 19,138
    10/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #5 - 14,572
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #6 - 13,547 (-7.0%)
    01-06/2011: -
    07/2011: Revelations #1 - 17,254 (+27.4%)
    08/2011: Revelations #2 - 14,829 (-14.1%)
    08/2011: Revelations #3 - 13,732 (-7.4%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Revelations #4 - 13,313 (-3.0%)
    180. Star Wars Knight Errant (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #1 - 18,363
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #2 - 14,956 (-18.6%)
    12/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #3 - 13,963 (-6.6%)
    01/2010: Knight Errant Aflame #4 - 13,101 (-6.2%)
    02/2011: Knight Errant Aflame #5 - 12,803 (-2.3%)
    03-07/2011: -
    08/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #1 - 15,448 (+12%)
    09/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #2 - 12,767 (-17.3%)
    10/2011: Star Wars Knight Errant Deluge #3 - 11,937 (-6.5%)

    All dropping worryingly fast, and way below Crimson Empire III above.

    167. Spawn (Image)
    
    10/2006: Spawn #161 - 25,840
    10/2007: -
    10/2008: Spawn #185 - 26,775
    10/2009: Spawn #195 - 18,475
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Spawn #200 - 65,448 (+262.1%)
    01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458 (-71.8%)
    02/2011: Spawn #202 - 18,335 (-0.7%)
    02/2011: Spawn #203 - 15,572 (-15.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #204 - 15,591 (+0.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #205 - 15,320 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160 (-1.0%)
    05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
    06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
    07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
    08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
    09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
    10/2011: Spawn #212 - 13,483 (-0.3%)
    		6 month (-11.1%)
    		1 year (n.a.)
    		2 year (-3.7%)
    		3 year (n.a.)
    		4 year (n.a.)
    		5 year (n.a.)
    170. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2010: Captain's Log Pike #1 - 6,038 (+7.6%)
    09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943
    10/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #2 - 13,198 (-17.2%)

    Not a bad second issue drop, but still in retailer orders rather than sales. This will be an interesting one to watch over the next few months, as it’s likely to benefit from these rumoured extra sales that the DC books are bringing in.

    174. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)
    
    10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Warlord of Mars #2 - 16,991 (-54.4%)
    12/2010: Warlord of Mars #3 - 14,710 (-13.4%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Warlord of Mars #4 - 14,780 (+0.5%)
    03/2011: Warlord of Mars #5 - 14,110 (-4.5%)
    04/2011: Warlord of Mars #6 - 13,837 (-1.9%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038 (+1.5%)
    07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
    09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
    10/2011: Warlord of Mars #11 - 12,491 (-3.9%)
    		6 month (-9.7%)
    		1 year (-66.2%)
    177. Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris (Dynamite)
    
    03/2011: Dejah Thoris #1 - 18,432
    04/2011: Dejah Thoris #2 - 14,286 (-22.5%)
    05/2011: Dejah Thoris #3 - 14,215 (-0.5%)
    06/2011: Dejah Thoris #4 - 13,584 (-4.4%)
    08/2011: Dejah Thoris #5 - 13,331 (-1.9%)
    09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903 (-3.2%)
    10/2011: Dejah Thoris #7 - 12,296 (-4.7%)
    		6 month (-13.9%)

    There are now five Warlord of Mars books from two publishers. That’s just weird. The third Dynamite Warlord book comes in a bit further down. The first trade charts at 40 with sales of 1,521.

    175. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)
    
    02/2011: Jennifer Blood #1 – 17,413
    03/2011: Jennifer Blood #2 - 14,180 (-18.6%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
    10/2011: Jennifer Blood #5 - 12,337 (-1.7%)

    The drops are easing and it seems to be finding its level, along with hopefully a more regular schedule. Not proving to be one of Garth Ennis’ more memorable creations, sadly.

    176. Chew (Image)
    
    10/2009: Chew #5 - 13,498 (+9.8%)
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Chew #15 - 13,047 (+0.4%)
    12/2010: Chew #16 - 12,473 (-4.4%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Chew #17 - 12,165 (-2.5%)
    04/2011: Chew #18 - 12,438 (+2.2%)
    05/2011: Chew #27 - 12,561 (+1.0%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Chew #19 - 12,510 (-0.4%)
    08/2011: Chew #20 - 12,202 (-2.4%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Chew #21 - 12,310 (+0.9%)
    		6 month (-1.0%)
    		1 year (n.a.)
    		2 year (-8.8%)

    Totally stable, a slight uptick after last month’s slight drop. All four collections chart this month.

    183. Red Wing (Image)
    
    07/2011: Red Wing #1 - 16,464
    08/2011: Red Wing #2 - 12,368 (-24.8%)
    09/2011: Red Wing #3 - 11,825 (-4.4%)
    10/2011: Red Wing #4 - 11,638 (-1.6%)

    Jonathan Hickman’s series ends pretty well, and will no doubt do well as a collection.

    184, 196. Vampirella (Dynamite)
    
    11/2010: Vampirella #1 - 29,215
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Vampirella #2 - 17,531 (-40.0%)
    02/2011: Vampirella #3 - 16,366 (-6.6%)
    03/2011: Vampirella #4 - 15,765 (-3.7%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Vampirella #5 - 14,702 (-6.7%)
    06/2011: Vampirella #6 - 13,649 (-7.2%)
    06/2011: Vampirella #7 - 13,645 (-0.0%)
    07/2011: Vampirella #8 - 13,019 (-4.6%)
    08/2011: Vampirella #9 - 12,459 (-4.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Vampirella #10 - 11,581 (-7.0%)
    10/2011: Vampirella #11 - 10,644 (-8.1%)

    Issue ten slips into this month and the drops accelerate quite badly.

    186. Conan (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2006: Conan #33 - 29,137
    10/2007: Conan #44 - 23,632
    10/2008: The Cimmerian #4 - 24,790
    10/2009: -
    10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
    12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
    01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385 (-16.9%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: The Road of Kings #3 - 13,193 (-1.4%)
    04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
    06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
    09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
    10/2011: The Road of Kings #9 - 11,546 (-0.6%)
    		6 month (-10.0%)
    		1 year (-25.5%)
    		2 year (n.a.)
    		3 year (-53.4%)
    		4 year (-51.1%)
    		5 year (-60.4%)

    The drops slow up again, hopefully it’s starting to stabilize a bit.

    188. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite) 
    
    08/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 17,187
    09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343 (-28.2%)
    10/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #3 - 11,229 (-9.0%)

    Less of a drop this month, this is heading towards finding its level.

    189. BPRD (Dark Horse)
    
    10/2006: -
    10/2007: Killing Ground #3 (of 5) - 15,885
    10/2008: The Warning #4 (of 5) - 16,142
    10/2009: 1947 #4 (of 5) - 14,505
    10/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #3 - 12,402
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
    12/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
    01/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #1 - 12,820 (+11.2%)
    02/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #2 - 11,585 (-9.6%)
    03/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #3 - 11,565 (-0.2%)
    04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825 (+10.9%)
    05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
    06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
    08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
    09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
    10/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #2 - 11,093 (-4.6%)
    		6 month (-13.5%)
    		1 year (-10.6%)
    		2 year (-23.5%)
    		3 year (-31.3%)
    		4 year (-30.2%)
    		5 year (n.a.)

    Less of a second issue drop than the last series, but it had had less of an increase as well. That said, it’s not far behind where it was a year ago.

    191. Stitched (Avatar)
    
    10/2011: Stitched #1 - 10,949

    Garth Ennis’ fourth book on the chart this month, a mix of his two favorite genre’s, horror and war. He’s trying to make a film of this story himself, and has already directed a ten minute teaser, which was available with a variant of this issue.

    193. Dollhouse Epitaphs (Dark Horse)
    
    03/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs Oneshot - 19,836
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #1 - 14,761 (-25.6%)
    08/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 - 12,366 (-16.2%)
    09/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #3 - 10,866 (-12.1%)
    10/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #4 - 10,888 (+0.2%)

    Surprisingly this issue ticks up a bit, I would imagine that’s due to Eliza Dushku’s character Echo finally joining the storyline. Wasn’t that a slightly weird decision to make, to leave the show’s main character out of the first 4 issues? I guess it’ll work better in the collection.

    197. Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters (IDW)
    
    03/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 - 58,879 [69,662]
    04/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 - 14,492 (-79.2%)
    05/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #3 - 14,588 (+0.7%)
    06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890] (+2.1%)
    07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
    08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
    09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
    10/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #8 - 10,637 (-4.5%)
    				6 month (-26.6%)

    Not as much of a drop this month, but this is Eric Powell’s last issue, so there may be a bigger fall next month.

    200, 203. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2008: All Hail Megatron #4 - 12,837
    10/2009: All Hail Megatron #16 - 11,281 (-3.0%)
    10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
    12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
    01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%)
    02/2011: Transformers Ongoing #16 - 10,265 (+1.0%)
    03/2011: Transformers Ongoing #17 - 10,094 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Transformers Ongoing #18 - 9,813 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: Transformers Ongoing #19 - 10,089 (+2.8%)
    06/2011: Transformers Ongoing #20 - 10,232 (+1.4%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #21 - 10,165 (-0.7%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #22 - 9,884 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #23 - 10,327 (+4.5%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #24 - 10,097 (-2.2%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #25 - 9,533 (-5.6%)
    09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #26 - 10,118 (+6.1%)
    10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #27 - 10,242 (+1.2%)
    10/2011: Transformers Ongoing #28 - 10,469 (+2.2%)
    		6 month (+6.7%)
    		1 year (-6.2%)
    		2 year (-7.2%)
    		3 year (-18.4%)

    Three issues up in a row, which is a first for this title. Overall rock-steady, but about to be replaced by two separate ongoing series.

    204. GI Joe (IDW)
    
    10/2006: America’s Elite #16 (Devil’s Due) - 17,325
    10/2007: America’s Elite #28 (Devil’s Due) - 15,358
    10/2008: A New Beginning #0 - 40,932
    10/2009: GI Joe #10 – 16,264
    10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: GI Joe #24 - 10,985 (-4.7%)
    12/2010: GI Joe #25 - 10,641 (-3.1%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: GI Joe #26 - 10,323 (-3.0%)
    02/2011: GI Joe #27 - 10,102 (-2.1%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438 (+33.0%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
    04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353 (-5.9%)
    05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
    06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
    07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
    08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
    09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
    10/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #6 - 10,241 (-1.5%)
    212. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)
    
    10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
    12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)
    01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516 (-5.5%)
    02/2011: Real American Hero #163 - 10,262 (-2.4%)
    03/2011: Real American Hero #164 - 10,386 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
    06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
    07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
    08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
    09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
    10/2011: Real American Hero #171 - 9,686 (+1.5%)
    219. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2009: GI Joe Origins #8 - 14,961
    10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
    12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
    01/2011: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
    06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
    07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
    08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
    08/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
    092011: -
    10/2011: Snake Eyes #6 - 9,073 (-0.7%)
    221. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
    12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
    01/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%)
    02/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #13 - 7,436 (-2.3%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
    06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
    07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
    09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
    10/2011: Cobra #6 - 8,927 (-1.6%)

    All of the GI Joe titles appear to be finding their level, and Real American Hero even gets a small increase. The first collection of the main title charted at 92 with sales of 935 copies, which doesn’t sound like a great number.

    205. Morning Glories (Image)
    
    10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
    12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
    01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)
    02/2011: Morning Glories #7 - 11,037 (+2.2%)
    03/2011: Morning Glories #8 - 10,809 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Morning Glories #9 - 10,975 (+1.5%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
    10/2011: Morning Glories #13 - 10,094 (-4.2%)

    The drops are accelerating again, as it appears that last month’s sales were slightly boosted by the twelfth issue anniversary.

    206. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )
    
    06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
    07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)
    
    ====
    
    09/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #1 - 11,846 (+0.3%)
    10/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #2 - 10,056 (-15.1%)

    A much bigger second issue drop than last year’s series, but there are changes coming to the Hellboy family.

    209. Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie)
    
    10/2006: Sonic #167 - 7,267
    10/2007: Sonic #181 - 6,912
    10/2008: Sonic #193 - 7,162
    10/2009: Sonic #205 - 8,263
    10/2010: Sonic #218 - 7,889
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Sonic #219 - 7,770 (-1.5%)
    12/2010: Sonic #220 - 7,618 (-2.0%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Sonic #221 - 7,592 (-0.3%)
    03/2011: Sonic #222 - 7,781 (+2.5%)
    03/2011: Sonic #223 - 7,719 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Sonic #224 - 8,023 (+3.9%)
    06/2011: Sonic #225 - 11,980 (+49.3%)
    06/2011: Sonic #226 - 9,228 (-23.0%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Sonic #227 - 9,419 (+2.1%)
    08/2011: Sonic #228 - 9,444 (+0.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Sonic #229 - 9,768 (+3.3%)

    Still creeping up, it appears that Sonic has held more of the gain the anniversary issue conjured up than previously thought. This is one that is likely to benefit from the DC books, we’ll see over the next few months. The sixteenth collection charts at 26 with sales of 2,025.

    211. Hellraiser (Boom!) 
    
    03/2011: Hellraiser #1 - 13,850
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
    09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
    10/2011: Hellraiser #6 - 9,715 (-5.7%)

    The drops slow a little, as Boom prepare to launch a second series reprinting the best of the old Epic series.

    214. Ghostbuster Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075 (-5.2%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616 (+91.2%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
    02-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716 (+60.0%)
    10/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #2 - 9,514 (-43.1%)

    That’s a very bad drop, but it’ll be an issue or two before we get a better idea of true sales.

    215. Infinite (Image)
    
    08/2011: Infinite #1 - 27,434
    09/2011: Infinite #2 - 14,585 (-46.8%)
    10/2011: Infinite #3 - 9,322 (-36.1%)

    Dropping like a rock, I’m not sure that this will continue much longer at this rate.

    217. Severed (Image)
    
    08/2011: Severed #1 - 10,573 (14,411)
    09/2011: Severed #2 - 9,280 (-12.2%)
    10/2011: Severed #3 - 9,240 (-0.4%)

    This has found it’s level very quickly, as Scott Snyder’s star continues to rise. This can only be helped by the stunning sales on Batman, which he also writes.

    220. Warlord of Mars: Fall of Barsoom (Dynamite)
    
    07/2011: Fall of Barsoom #1 - 11,192
    08/2011: Fall of Barsoom #2 - 9,812 (-12.3%)
    10/2011: Fall of Barsoom #3 - 8,962 (-8.7%)

    Quite far behind the other two Warlord books, but this is a prequel set thousands of years before those other books, so these numbers aren’t too bad.

    223. Godzilla: Gangsters and  Goliaths(IDW)
    
    06/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 - 13,292
    07/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #2 - 11,611 (-12.6%)
    08/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #3 - 10,525 (-9.3%)
    09/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #4 - 9,061 (-13.9%)
    10/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #5 - 8,725 (-4.5%)

    The final issue of this mini-series, not really bad numbers and apparently good enough for another mini-series of one-shots about Godzilla’s foes. Simon Gane’s drawing one of those, which should be splendid.

    224. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #4 - 9,558 (-2.7%)
    12/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #5 - 9,142 (-4.4%)
    01-07/2011: -
    08/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #1 - 10,797 (+18.1%)
    09/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #2 - 8,988 (-16.8%)
    10/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #3 - 8,716 (-3.0%)

    Hopefully leveling out.

    226. Mass Effect Invasion (Dark Horse)
    
    01/2011: Evolution #1 – 8,944
    02/2011: Evolution #2 - 7,825 (-12.5%)
    03/2011: Evolution #3 - 7,675 (-1.9%)
    04/2011: Evolution #4 - 7,815 (+1.8%)
    05-09/2011: -
    10/2011: Mass Effect Invasion #1 - 8,607 (+10.1%)

    Telling the story leading up to Mass Effect 3, this will be finishing just in time to be collected when the game comes out.

    229. Irredeemable (Boom) 
    
    10/2009: Irredeemable #7 - 14,282
    10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
    12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
    01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247 (-1.5%)
    02/2011: Irredeemable #22 - 10,025 (-2.2%)
    03/2011: Irredeemable #23 - 9,983 (-0.4%)
    04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274 (+2.9%)
    05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
    06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
    08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
    09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
    10/2011: Irredeemable #30 - 8,419 (-1.9%)

    Still drifting gently down.

    230. The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (Image)
    
    10/2011: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode  #1 - 8,338

    A really fun new book, it’s sold-out and gotten a second printing. With an art style somewhere between Cory Walker and Rafael Grampa and darkly slapstick sense of humour I think this will do quite well.

    231. 30 Days of Night (IDW)
    
    05/2011: Night Again #1 - 8,472
    06/2011: Night Again #2 - 7,055 (-16.7%)
    07/2011: Night Again #3 - 5,730 (-18.8%)
    08/2011: Night Again #4 - 5,157 (-10.0%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: 30 Days of Night Ongoing #1 - 8,326 (-61.4%)

    An okay launch point, almost at the same sales as the last mini, and continuing with Sam Keith on art.

    232. Joe Hill's The Cape (IDW)
    
    12/2010: The Cape - 6,564
    01-06/2011: -
    07/2011: The Cape #1 - 9,469 (+44.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: -
    10/2011:The Cape #2 - 8,330 (-12.0%)

    Selling better than the criminally underappreciated Locke & Key, which charts below, that’s a pretty good second issue drop.

    233. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW)
    
    11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
    12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)
    01/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #3 - 10,112 (-13.0%)
    02/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #4 - 9,761 (-3.5%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #5 - 9,833 (+0.7%)
    04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #6 - 9,520 (-3.2%)
    05/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #7 - 9,427 (-1.0%)
    06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226 (-2.1%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
    08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
    09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%)
    10/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #12 - 8,274 (-2.0%)

    Another one drifting down at a fairly regular pace.

    237. Lady Death (Avatar)
    
    12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
    01/2011: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%)
    02/2011: Lady Death #2 - 11,033 (-21.3%)
    03/2011: Lady Death #3 - 10,801 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391 (-3.8%)
    05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
    06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
    07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
    08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
    09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)
    10/2011: Lady Death #10 - 7,997 (+26.3%)

    Actually not too far down on the last issue, ignoring the Annual, this may be finding its level.

    239. Cold War (IDW)
    
    10/2011: Cold War #1 - 7,934 

    John Byrne’s riff on a slightly grittier James Bond sells in the same region as Next Men.

    241. Spongebob Comics (Bongo)
    
    02/2011: Spongebob Comics #1 - 11,814
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Spongebob Comics #2 – 8,930 (-24.4%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Spongebob Comics #3 - 8,514 (-4.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Spongebob Comics #4 - 7,889 (-7.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Spongebob Comics #5 - 7,874 (-0.2%)

    Pretty much flat, it seems reasonable to imagine that all-ages comics in general will benefit from the DC effect.

    246. Vampirella Scarlet Legion (Dynamite)
    
    05/2011: Scarlet Legion #1 - 13,625
    06/2011: Scarlet Legion #2 - 9,818 (-27.9%)
    07/2011: Scarlet Legion #3 - 9,262 (-5.7%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Scarlet Legion #4 - 8,466 (-8.6%)
    09/2011: Scarlet Legion #5 - 7,640 (-9.8%)

    The last issue, probably for the best as it was dropping off the edge.

    247. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
    
    04/2011: Dark Horse Presents #1 - 15,107
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315 (-25.1%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
    09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%)
    10/2011: Dark Horse Presents #5 - 7,539 (-9.9%)

    Not a great drop at this point, I would imagine Dark Horse are hoping this will flatten out soon, despite the $8 price tag.

    249. Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover (Zenescope)
    
    05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover Prelude - 8,558
    05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover #1 - 9,304 (+8.7%)
    06/2011: The Piper one shot (part 2) - 6,877 (-26.1%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 (part 3) - 6,215 (-9.6%)
    06/2011: Wonderland one shot (part 4) - 6,913 (+11.2%)
    06/2011: Neverland one shot (part 5) - 6,701 (-3.1%)
    07/2011: Salem’s Daughter one shot (part 6) - 6,423 (-4.1%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 (part 7) - 6,215 (-3.2%)
    08/2011: Sinbad one shot (part 8) - 6,059 (-2.5%)
    08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 (part 9) - 8,086 (+33.5%)
    09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 (part 10) - 8,183 (+1.2%)
    09/2011: Inferno one shot (part 11) - 6,544 (-20.0%)
    10/2011: GFT Dream Eater Crossover Conclusion (part 12) - 7,517(+14.9%)

    This series ends with sales right in the middle of the sales-range. I’d imagine Zenescope are quite happy with the overall performance of the series.

    251. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2009: Doctor Who #4 - 8,354
    10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 - 8,843 (+42.7%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 - 7,461 (-15.6%)
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 - 7,523 (+0.8%)
    04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
    05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
    06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
    08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
    09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%)
    10/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #10 - 7,481 (+2.1%)

    This just keeps bouncing around the same sales range, currently the highest it’s been in five months.

    252. Mega Man (Archie)
    
    05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
    06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
    07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
    08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
    09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%)
    10/2011: Mega Man #6 - 7,474 (-14.5%)

    This bucks the trend of all-ages books having a good November, but it’s possible that some sales may have slipped into the following month.

    254. Super Dinosaur (Image)
    
    04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
    06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%)
    10/2011: - Super Dinosaur #5 - 7,380 (-11.1%)

    Shedding sales fast, as Kirkman seems to have trouble recapturing the success of Walking Dead & Invincible again. Dunno why, but none of his books since then seem to be able to stick around, despite most of them being pretty decent.

    255. Last of The Greats (Image)
    
    10/2011: Last of The Greats #1 - 7,338

    Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, this seems to tread similar ground to the likes of Irredeemable, but takes it into an interesting direction. Not a bad start.

    256. Guarding the Globe (Image)
    
    10/2010: Guarding the Globe #2 - 10,972
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Guarding the Globe #3 - 9,097 (-17.1%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Guarding the Globe #4 – 9,102 (+0.1%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Guarding the Globe #5 - 8,157 (-10.4%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Guarding the Globe #6 - 7,321 (-10.2%)

    Another Kirkman book under-performing, although I think the irregular schedule is more to blame here.

    258. Sonic Universe (Archie)
    
    10/2009: Sonic Universe #9 - 7,083
    10/2010: Sonic Universe #21 - 6,843
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Sonic Universe #22 - 6,641 (-3.0%)
    12/2010: Sonic Universe #23 - 6,480 (-2.4%)
    01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228 (-3.9%)
    02/2011: Sonic Universe #25 - 6,464 (+3.8%)
    03/2011: Sonic Universe #26 - 6,571 (+1.7%)
    04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636 (+1.0%)
    05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
    06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
    07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
    08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
    09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)
    10/2011: Sonic Universe #33 - 7,244 (+3.1%)

    This is the highest sales since the first issue, in the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary year.

    261. Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends (Zenescope)
    
    01/2011: Myths & Legends #1 - 12,679
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Myths and Legends #2 - 8,018 (-36.8%)
    03/2011: Myths and Legends #3 - 7,858 (-2.0%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Myths and Legends #4 - 9,224 (+17.4%)
    06/2011: Myths and Legends #5 - 7,612 (-17.5%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 - 6,215 (-18.4%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 - 6,215 (0.0%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Myths and Legends #8 - 6,983 (+12.4%)

    Sales jump back up after the two Dream Eater crossover issues, which seem to have harmed sales a little rather than helping.

    264. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)
    
    10/2006: Simpsons Comics #123 - 9,739
    10/2007: Simpsons Comics #135 - 9,605
    10/2008: Simpsons Comics #147 - 8,565
    10/2009: Simpsons Comics #159 - 7,645
    10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 - 7,429
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Simpsons Comics #172 - 7,429 (0.0%)
    12/2010: Simpsons Comics #173 - 7,065 (-4.9%)
    01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776 (-4.1%)
    02/2011: Simpsons Comics #175 - 6,896 (+1.8%)
    03/2011: Simpsons Comics #176 - 6,874 (-0.3%)
    04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837 (-0.5%)
    05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
    06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
    09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)
    10/2011: Simpsons Comics #183 - 6,893 (+1.2%)

    Really, really stable over the last year, and perking up at the moment.

    265. Planet of the Apes (Boom!)
    
    04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
    05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
    06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
    07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
    08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
    09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%)
    10/2011: Planet of the Apes #7 - 6,889 (0.0%)

    That’s pretty stable.

    266. CBLDF Liberty Annual (Image)
    
    10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Comics #2 - 9,866
    =====
    10/2010: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 - 8,294 (-15.9%)
    10/2011: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 #4 - 6,846 (-17.5%)

    A surprising drop this year, especially considering this featured the likes of Frank Quitely, JM Straczinski, JH Williams and Matt Wagner.

    268, 272. Queen Sonja (Dynamite)
    
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
    12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
    01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889 (-4.2%)
    02/2011: Queen Sonja #14 - 7,636 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Queen Sonja #15 - 7,539 (-1.3%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
    07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
    08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
    09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%)
    10/2011: Queen Sonja #21 - 6,809 (-1.1%)
    10/2011: Queen Sonja #22 - 6,501 (-4.5%)

    The drops continue and increase. It’s running about four months late, despite the two issues shipping this month.

    274. Sergio Aragones Funnies (Bongo)
    
    07/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 - 9,419
    08/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #2 - 7,439 (-21.0%)
    09/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #3 - 6,859 (-7.8%)
    10/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #4 - 6,482 (-5.5%)

    Still dropping, this was always likely to be a bit of a niche comic. It’s very good though, deserves to be selling better than this.

    276. Incorruptible (Boom)
    
    10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
    12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
    01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512 (-2.2%)
    02/2011: Incorruptible #15 - 8,252 (-3.1%)
    03/2011: Incorruptible #16 - 8,108 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257 (+1.8%)
    05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
    06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)
    09/2011: Incorruptible #22 - 6,669 (-4.9%)
    10/2011: Incorruptible #23 - 6,466 (-3.0%)

    This probably hasn’t got much more rope, hopefully the upcoming crossover with Irredeemable will pull sales up a bit. The fifth collection charts at 29 in the GN chart, with pretty decent sales of 1,854, so as with Irredeemable, this is making more in GN sales than in comics.

    277. Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special(Zenescope)
    
    10/2011: GFT Halloween Special 2011 - 6,428 

    About average for a GTF spin-off.

    279. Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island (Avatar)
    
    02/2010: Captain Swing #1 - 10,167
    03/2010: -
    04/2010: -
    05/2010: -
    06/2010: Captain Swing #2 - 9,063 (-10.9%)
    07/2010 - 02/2011: -
    03/2011: Captain Swing #3 - 8,849 (-2.4%)
    04-09/2011: -
    10/2011: Captain Swing #4 - 6,281 (-26.1%)

    Badly harmed by both the ridiculous schedule, with four issues that took twenty months to come out, and the overall feeling that Ellis was just randomly chucking out some of his ideas that he couldn’t fit into other projects.

    280. Turok Son of Stone (Dark Horse) 
    
    10/2010: Turok Son of Stone #1 - 12,607
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Turok Son of Stone #2 - 8,015 (-36.4%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Turok Son of Stone #3 - 6,821 (-14.9%)
    10/2011: Turok Son of Stone #4 - 6,257 (-8.3%)

    Ships in consecutive months for the first time, I think there are a couple more issues to come, but it’s cancelled.

    281. Kull (Dark Horse)
    
    11/2010: The Hate Witch #1 - 8,895
    12/2010: The Hate Witch #2 - 6,745 (-24.2%)
    01/2011: The Hate Witch #3 - 6,290 (-6.7%)
    02/2011: The Hate Witch #4 - 6,018 (-4.3%)
    03-09/2011: -
    10/2011: The Cat & The Skull #1 - 6,249 (+3.8%)

    Only a small bump for the new series, which doesn’t bode well. A collection of the old Marvel strips charts at 39 with sales of 1,534.

    284. Caligula (Avatar)
    
    03/2011: Caligula #1 - 6,712
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Caligula #2 -  6,543 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Caligula #3 -  6,560 (+0.3%)
    09/2011: -
    10/2011: Caligula #4 -  5,895 (-10.1%)

    After a good performance over the first few issues, a steep drop. It’s a very odd series, so that’s probably still pretty good.

    285. HP Lovecraft The Dunwich Horror (IDW)
    
    10/2011: Dunwich Horror #1 - 5,802

    One of a number of recent Lovecraft adaptations, this one is dignified by the writing skills of horror master Joe Lansdale.

    286. Elric The Balance Lost (Boom!)
    
    07/2011: The Balance Lost #1 - 9,893
    08/2011: The Balance Lost #2 - 6,643 (-32.8%)
    09/2011: The Balance Lost #3 - 6,345 (-4.4%)
    10/2011: The Balance Lost #4 - 5,758 (-9.3%)

    The drops are increasing quite badly again.

    288. Grimm Fairy Tales The Library (Zenescope)
    
    09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #1 - 6,255
    10/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #2 - 5,679 (-9.2%)

    An okay second issue drop for the GFT all-ages book.

    289. Magdalena (Image)
    
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: Magdalena #4 - 7,171 (-4.9%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Magdalena #5 - 6,538 (-8.8%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Magdalena #6 - 6,325 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: Magdalena #7 - 6,968 (+10.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2010: -
    09/2011: Magdalena #8 - 6,551 (-6.0%)
    10/2011: Magdalena #9 - 5,664 (-13.5%)
    290. Darkness (Image)
    
    10/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
    01/2011: Darkness #88 - 6,842 (-1.7%)
    01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544 (-4.4%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Darkness #90 - 6,482 (-0.9%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
    07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)
    10/2011: Darkness #94 - 5,632 (-3.8%)

    A very nasty drop at this stage for Magdalena, and Darkness not faring too well either. I suspect the whole Top Cow universe is due for a revamp, and possibly some input from founder Marc Silvestri.

    294. The Theater #1 (Zenescope)
    
    10/2011: The Theater #1 - 5,469

    Raven Gregory’s horror book launches with okay numbers, and has been getting decent reviews.

    295. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)
    
    10/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #56 - 6,020 (+1.1%)
    
    ====
    
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #57 - 5,622 (-6.6%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #58 - 5,478 (-2.6%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490 (+2.2%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
    07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
    08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
    09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (-0.2%)
    10/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #64 - 5,451 (-0.4%)

    Very stable.

    297. Executive Assistant Iris (Aspen)
    
    10/2010: Executive Assistant Iris #6 - 6,684
    
    ====
    
    06/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 - 6,929 (+3.7%)
    07/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #1 - 7,021 (+1.3%)
    08/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #2 - 5,843 (-16.7%)
    09/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #3 - 5,502 (-5.8%)
    10/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #4 - 5,309(-3.5%)

    Smoothing out, the other three books in this crossover failed to chart this month.

    300. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword (Dark Horse)
    01/2011: Savage Sword #1 - 1,720
    02-4/2011: -
    05/2011: Savage Sword #2 - 2,913 (+69.4%)
    06-9/2011: -
    10/2011: Savage Sword #3 - 5,167 (+77.4%)

    It looks like retailers massively underestimated this one, with remarkable sales growth. It’s only by fluke we know that, issue two was the number 300 book back in May, and the first issue only charted in January at 289 because of the lowest monthly sales in years.

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    All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

    Brandon: Sales charts are the devil's work

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    Writer Ivan Brandon gives voice to the frequently-stated among creators idea that sales charts are a dangerous thing for the business, and may actually help put people out of work. He was most upset by the recent iFanboy piece that looked at all the Marvel books that seemed to be below the line that spelled cancellation:

    what’s the harm in that? well, maybe the speculation itself helps to lead those books down the road to cancellation. in an industry with contracting numbers where folks are already very cautious about buying books they think “don’t count” in a line’s continuity, your speculation for kicks based on murky arbitrary sales “data” maybe has the added bonus of a causative effect, creating the reader insecurities that lead to the effects that you’d “predicted”.

    and between the books on that list there are probably upwards of 30 people drawing an income. about half of which are probably working FULL TIME on those books at longer than normal office hours (often 7 days a week) with no other source of income.


    Sadly, one of the books on Ifanboy’s list — DAKEN — has already been canceled. One person’s speculation is another person’s informed guess, especially in these bottom line-conscious days.

    I’ve actually heard the complaints about sale numbers many times over the years — an entire forum of creators was called “standard attrition” as a defiant gesture against Marc-Oliver Frisch’s usual note. I’ve asked retailers many times if seeing books selling at a low point might inspire them to cut orders further. No one will admit to any such thing. But low numbers don’t make anyone happy. Certainly, in Marvel’s case, they are looking at more accurate numbers with even greater scrutiny.

    I’m not sure if the fascination with ranking in all the arts — Nielsen ratings, box office charts, bestseller lists — is a healthy thing or not, or merely an expression of some kind of “winning” mentality. One thing is certain: People sure like reading these charts, or else we wouldn’t keep doing them.

    Update: Okay y’all need to read Tom Spurgeon’s take on this, if only for the chance to see a photo of Tom’s genitals.

    Indie Month-to-Month Sales: September 2011

    By Paul Mellerick

    Buffy returns in the top spot, although with sales far down on the beginning of the last Season, with Angel in third place. Sandwiched in between is Game of Thrones’ debut issue, while TMNT drops to fourth place after being last month’s best-selling indie. Further down the charts IDW’s other new licensed ongoing titles seem to be benefiting from the increased awareness the new DC books seem to be bringing, while many of Dynamite’s licenses seem to be tanking, the aforementioned Game of Thrones apart.

    There were 127 indie books in the chart this month, well up on last month’s 103. The 103 book this month sold almost exactly what the 103 book last month sold, so this was certainly due to less Marvel and DC books released this month rather than stronger Indie sales. In fact those 103 books sold almost 35,000 less copies than last month, although top 300 indie sales are 1,053,116, almost 55,000 up on August. The bottom book sold 3,341 compared to last month’s 4,514. As usual, UK and European sales from Diamond UK are not reported in this chart.

    This month Dark Horse were the number three publisher, with 4.76% dollar share and a 3.51 market share, followed by IDW with 4.13% dollar share and 3.10% market share, Image with a 4.08% dollar share and a 3.29% market share, Dynamite with a 3.07% dollar share and a 3.02% market share, and Boom with 1.39% dollar and 0.94% market share. That’s the same order as last month, although all but Dynamite have reduced figures.

    I’ve listed all non Marvel / DC books in the top 300.

    Thanks to icv2.com and Milton Griepp for permission to use these numbers, which are estimates, and can be found here.

     52. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Nine (Dark Horse) 
    
    09/2007: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 96,556
    09/2008: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #18 - 77,589
    09/2009: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #28 - 52,303
    09/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #36 - 44,883
    ====
    
    10/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #37 - 43,021 (-4.1%)
    11/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 - 41,189 (-4.3%)
    12/2010: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #39 - 40,010 (-2.9%)
    01/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 - 39,486 (-1.3%)
    02-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1 - 42,945 (+8.0%)
    				6 month (n.a.)
    				1 year (-4.3%)
    				2 year (-17.9%)
    				3 year (-44.7%)
    				4 year (-55.6%)

    Buffy returns in the top spot, although with numbers not very far up on the end of the last season. Written by Joss Whedon with Dollhouse writer Andrew Chambliss (who I would imagine is doing most of the scripting), it’ll be interesting to see how fast this stabilizes.

    107. Game of Thrones (Dynamite)
    
    09/2011: Game of Thrones #1 - 20,888

    This is a good start for the current fantasy favorite, making its comics debut. It’s received a second printing as well.

    109. Angel & Faith (Dark Horse) 
    
    09/2008: Angel After the Fall #12 - 43,019
    09/2009: Angel #25 - 23,815
    09/2010: Angel #37 - 15,865
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Angel #38 - 15,115 (-4.7%)
    11/2010: Angel #39 - 14,449 (-4.4%)
    12/2010: Angel #40 - 14,182 (-1.8%)
    01/2011: Angel #41 - 13,566 (-4.3%)
    02/2011: Angel #42 - 13,136 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Angel #43 - 13,032 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: Angel #44 - 12,897 (-1.0%)
    05-07/2011: -
    08/2011: Angel & Faith #1 - 22,813 (+76.9%)
    09/2011: Angel & Faith #2 - 20,473 (-10.3%)
    			6 month (+57.1%)
    			1 year (+29.0%)
    			2 year (-14.0%)
    			3 year (-54.4%) 

    I accidentally missed this last month, where it debuted at #104, the fourth best-selling indie book in August. Written by Christos Gage, these are good numbers, well up on the end of the IDW series and obviously benefiting from the closer association with Buffy.

     113. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing (IDW) 
    
    08/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1 - 34,803
    09/2011: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #2 - 19,333 (-44.4%) 

    Quite a hefty drop-off, but IDW don’t overprint much, so these are basically retailer numbers. It’ll be another couple of months before we get a better idea of true sales. These are still very good numbers.

     120. The Boys (Dynamite)
    
    09/2007: The Boys #10 - 32,077
    09/2008: The Boys #22 - 27,104
    09/2009: The Boys #34 - 24,502
    09/2010: The Boys #46 - 20,789
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: The Boys #47 - 20,198 (-2.8%)
    11/2010: The Boys #48 - 20,004 (-1.0%)
    12/2010: The Boys #49 - 19,582 (-2.1%)
    01/2011: The Boys #50 - 19,293 (-1.5%)
    02/2011: The Boys #51 - 18,728 (-2.9%)
    03/2011: The Boys #52 - 18,955 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: The Boys #53 - 18,692 (-1.4%)
    05/2011: The Boys #54 - 18,671 (-0.1%)
    06/2011: The Boys #55 - 18,330 (-1.8%)
    07/2011: The Boys #56 - 18,108 (-1.2%)
    08/2011: The Boys #57 - 17,884 (-1.2%)
    09/2011: The Boys #58 - 17,660 (-1.3%)
    			6 month (-6.8%)
    			1 year (-15.1%)
    			2 year (-28.2%)
    			3 year (-34.8%)
    			4 year (-44.9%) 

    As one of my colleagues on the other charts would say, “standard attrition”.

    125. Ghostbusters Ongoing (IDW)
    
    10/2010: Holiday Special What in Samhain Just Happened? - 6,075
    11/2010-02/2011: -
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616 (+91.2%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
    04-08/2011: -
    09/2011: Ghostbuster Ongoing #1 - 16,716 (+60.0%)

    Very good launch figures, well up on any previous sales for IDW’s Ghostbusters comics. Obviously retailers have high hopes for it. As with the Turtles comic, this is not available in the UK or Europe.

    129. Star Trek Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2010: Captain's Log Pike #1 - 6,038
    ====
    
    09/2011: Star Trek Ongoing #1 - 15,943

    Another IDW title substantially improved in sales with an ongoing series. This has had a second print as well, so I’m sure IDW are very pleased. The second (or twelfth, strictly speaking) film is due late next year I believe, so this has launched at a good time to tie in with the inevitable upcoming publicity splurge.

    133. Kirby Genesis (Dynamite)
    
    05/2011: Kirby Genesis #0 - 36,429
    06/2011: Kirby Genesis #1 - 26,039 (-28.5%)
    07/2011: Kirby Genesis #2 - 17,588 (-32.5%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Kirby Genesis #3 - 15,568 (-11.5%) 

    This is still dropping quite fast, I’ve never been convinced of the appeal of Kirby’s later creations, as many companies seem to have tried with them and failed. Without Kirby, they seem rather ordinary characters.

    139. Star Wars Dark Times (Dark Horse)
    
    08/2011: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #1 - 18,548
    09/2011: Dark Times Out of The Wilderness #2 - 14,870 (-19.8%) 

    Quite a bad drop off, the lowest sales figures the titles ever had, but still the best-selling Star Wars book. At least it’s shipping on a regular basis so far, the previous run only managed 4 issues in it’s last year.

    142. Butcher Baker (Dynamite)
    
    10/2010: Highland Laddie #3 - 16,555 (-7.0%)
    11/2010: Highland Laddie #4 - 15,389 (-7.0%)
    12/2010: Highland Laddie #5 - 14,855 (-3.5%)
    01/2011: Highland Laddie #6 - 14,214 (-4.3%)
    02-06/2011: -
    07/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #1 - 16,118
    08/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #2 - 15,168 (-6.2%)
    09/2011: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #3 - 14,605 (-3.7%) 

    Not too far behind its parent title, The Boys, but dropping a little faster. Not yet below the level of the previous mini-series, probably will be next issue, but still Dynamite’s fourth book in the top 150.

    143. Infinite (Image)
    
    08/2011: Infinite #1 - 27,434
    09/2011: Infinite #2 - 14,585 (-46.8%) 

    A very big second-issue drop, but this is retailer expectations rather than actual sales, so it’ll be another 2 issues before we see a better indication of sales.

    143. Star Wars Old Republic (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2010: Old Republic #3 - 16,705
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Old Republic #4 - 16,160 (-3.3%)
    11/2010: Old Republic #5 - 15,660 (-3.1%)
    12/2010: Old Republic #6 - 14,862 (-5.1%)
    01-05/2011: -
    06/2011: Old Republic Lost Suns #1 - 17,642 (+18.7%)
    07/2011: Old Republic Lost Suns #2 - 15,436 (-12.5%)
    08/2011: Old Republic Lost Suns #3 - 14,741 (-4.7%)
    09/2011: Old Republic Lost Suns #4 - 14,121 (-4.2%)
    			1 year (-15.5%)
    150. Star Wars Invasion (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #4 - 15,181
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #5 - 14,572 (-4.0%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Star Wars Invasion: Rescues #6 - 13,547 (-7.0%)
    01-06/2011: -
    07/2011: Revelations #1 - 17,254 (+27.4%)
    08/2011: Revelations #2 - 14,829 (-14.1%)
    09/2011: Revelations #3 - 13,732 (-7.4%)
    			1 year (-9.5%)
    152. Star Wars Jedi (Dark Horse)
    
    05/2011: Jedi Dark Side #1 - 18,949
    06/2011: Jedi Dark Side #2 - 16,081 (-15.1%)
    07/2011: Jedi Dark Side #3 - 15,232 (-5.3%)
    08/2011: Jedi Dark Side #4 - 14,425 (-5.5%)
    09/2011: Jedi Dark Side #5 - 13,692 (-5.1%)

    The other three Star Wars mini-series are clustered together and all dropping off a little faster than is healthy at this stage.

    153, 159. Warlord of Mars (Dynamite)
    
    10/2010: Warlord of Mars #1 - 36,927
    11/2010: Warlord of Mars #2 - 16,991 (-54.4%)
    12/2010: Warlord of Mars #3 - 14,710 (-13.4%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Warlord of Mars #4 - 14,780 (+0.5%)
    03/2011: Warlord of Mars #5 - 14,110 (-4.5%)
    04/2011: Warlord of Mars #6 - 13,837 (-1.9%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Warlord of Mars #7 - 14,038 (+1.5%)
    07/2011: Warlord of Mars #8 - 13,872 (-1.2%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Warlord of Mars #9 - 13,565 (-2.2%)
    09/2011: Warlord of Mars #10 - 13,003 (-4.1%)
    			6 month (-7.8%) 
    160.Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris
    
    03/2011: Dejah Thoris #1 - 18,432
    04/2011: Dejah Thoris #2 - 14,286 (-22.5%)
    05/2011: Dejah Thoris #3 - 14,215 (-0.5%)
    06/2011: Dejah Thoris #4 - 13,584 (-4.4%)
    08/2011: Dejah Thoris #5 - 13,331 (-1.9%)
    09/2011: Dejah Thoris #6 - 12,903 (-3.2%)
    			6 month (-30.0%) 

    You’ve got to wonder whether Marvel’s John Carter book, which debuted with surprisingly strong sales of 19,173, is going to hurt sales on this book, or whether the film the Marvel version is based on will help. We’ll see around March next year. Dejah Thoris is selling almost the same as the parent book now.

    154. Spawn (Image)
    
    09/2006: Spawn #160 - 25,580
    09/2007: Spawn #171 - 23,768
    09/2008: Spawn #182 - 19,078
    09/2009: -
    09/2010: Spawn #199 - 18,076
    
    ====
    
    10-12/2010: -
    01/2011: Spawn #200 - 65,448 (+262.1%)
    01/2011: Spawn #201 - 18,458 (-71.8%)
    02/2011: Spawn #202 - 18,335 (-0.7%)
    02/2011: Spawn #203 - 15,572 (-15.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #204 - 15,591 (+0.1%)
    03/2011: Spawn #205 - 15,320 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Spawn #206 - 15,160 (-1.0%)
    05/2011: Spawn #207 - 14,796 (-2.4%)
    06/2011: Spawn #208 - 14,468 (-2.2%)
    07/2011: Spawn #209 - 13,964 (-3.5%)
    08/2011: Spawn #210 - 14,100 (+0.1%)
    09/2011: Spawn #211 - 13,526 (-4.1%)
    	                          6 month (-11.7%)
                                           1 year (-25.2%)
                                           2 year (n.a.)
                                           3 year (-29.1%)
                                           4 year (-43.1%)
                                           5 year (-47.1%)

    After last month’s slight up-tick, the drops resume and accelerate.

    162. Jennifer Blood (Dynamite)
    
    02/2011: Jennifer Blood #1 – 17,413
    03/2011: Jennifer Blood #2 - 14,180 (-18.6%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Jennifer Blood #3 - 13,502 (-4.8%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Jennifer Blood #4 - 12,557 (-7.0%)
    	                          6 month (-11.4%)

    The drops and the gaps between issues are growing, and Garth Ennis is leaving the book after issue 6. The incoming Al Ewing is an excellent writer, but pretty unknown in the US, so you have to worry a little.

    163. Kevin Smith's Bionic Man (Dynamite) 
    
    08/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 17,187
    09/2011: Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #2 - 12,343 (-28.2%) 

    Quite a large second-issue drop, but this is a license without any other support, so it’s not too bad.

    164, 175. True Blood (IDW)
    
    09/2010: True Blood #3 - 24,254 [34,898]
    
    =====
    
    10/2010: True Blood #4 - 32,964 (-5.5%)
    11/2010: True Blood #5 - 22,154 [26,361] (-20.0%)
    12/2010: True Blood #6 - 21,297 [25,556] (-3.1%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #1 - 19,824 (-22.4%)
    03/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #2 - 16,639 (-16.1%)
    04/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #3 - 15,899 (-4.4%)
    05/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #4 - 13,617 (-14.4%)
    06/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #5 - 5,607 [15,437]  (+13.4%)
    07/2011: True Blood: Tainted Love #6 - 11,709 (-24.1%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: - True Blood French Quarter #1 - 12,277 (+4.9%)
    09/2011: - True Blood French Quarter #2 - 10,605 (-13.6%)
    	                          6 month (-36.3%)
                                           1 year (-56.3%) 

    The new series starts slightly up, but swiftly drops back down to the lowest level yet. It’s now selling less than a third of what it was selling 10 issues ago. The Tainted Love HC sold 1,461 charting at 63 in the graphic novel chart.

    165. Abe Sapien (Dark Horse )
    
    06/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #1 - 13,010 (+3.9%)
    07/2010: Abe Sapien Abysmal Plain #2 - 11,805  (-9.3%)
    
    ====
    
    09/2011: Abe Sapien Devil Does Not Jest #1 - 11,846 (+0.3%) 
    167. BPRD (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2006: -
    09/2007: Killing Ground #2 (of 5) - 16,142
    09/2008: Warning #3 (of 5) - 16,332
    09/2009: 1947 #3 (of 5) - 14,810
    09/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #2 - 12,717 (-6.2%)
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #3 - 12,402 (-2.5%)
    11/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #4 - 11,882 (-4.2%)
    12/2010: Hell on Earth: New World #5 - 11,528 (-3.0%)
    01/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #1 - 12,820 (+11.2%)
    02/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #2 - 11,585 (-9.6%)
    03/2011: Hell on Earth: Gods #3 - 11,565 (-0.2%)
    04/2011: Dead Remembered #1 - 12,825 (+10.9%)
    05/2011: Dead Remembered #2 - 11,714 (-8.7%)
    06/2011: Dead Remembered #3 - 11,418 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1 - 12,623 (+10.6%)
    08/2011: Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 - 11,221 (-11.2%)
    09/2011: Hell on Earth: Russia #1 - 11,634 (+3.7%)
    	                          6 month (+0.6%)
                                           1 year (-8.5%)
                                           2 year (-21.4%)
                                           3 year (-28.8%)
                                           4 year (-27.9%)
                                           5 year (n.a.) 

    Abe Sapien launches above parent title BPRD, which sells around a thousand copies less than any of the other number ones this year. The eleventh Hellboy collection charted at number 5 in the GN chart, with sales of 5,215.

    166. Red Wing (Image)
    
    07/2011: Red Wing #1 - 16,464
    08/2011: Red Wing #2 - 12,368 (-24.8%)
    09/2011: Red Wing #3 - 11,825 (-4.4%) 

    Levelling out nicely. A one-shot from Jonathan Hickman called Feel Better Now was supposed to come out in November, but has been cancelled and will be retooled as a graphic novel next year.

    168. Conan (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2006: Conan #32 - 29,070
    09/2007: -
    09/2008: The Cimmerian #3 - 25,102
    09/2009: The Cimmerian #14 - 18,643
    09/2010: The Cimmerian #23 - 15,837
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: The Cimmerian #24 - 15,490 (-2.2%)
    11/2010: The Cimmerian #25 - 15,421 (-0.4%)
    12/2010: The Road of Kings #1 - 16,099 (+4.4%)
    01/2011: The Road of Kings #2 - 13,385 (-16.9%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: The Road of Kings #3 - 13,193 (-1.4%)
    04/2011: The Road of Kings #4 - 12,827 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: The Road of Kings #5 - 12,672 (-1.2%)
    06/2011: The Road of Kings #6 - 12,523 (-1.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: The Road of Kings #7 - 11,955 (-4.5%)
    09/2011: The Road of Kings #8 - 11,621 (-2.8%)
    	                          6 month (-11.9%)
                                           1 year (-26.6%)
                                           2 year (-37.7%)
                                           3 year (-53.7%)
                                           4 year (n.a.)
                                           5 year (-60.0%) 

    This relaunch doesn’t seem to have worked very well, it seems likely that it would be selling better if they’d kept it as Conan The Cimmerian. The most recent collection of the old Savage Sword of Conan comics charts at number eleven in the graphic novel chart, selling 2,781 copies.

    170. Danger Girl Army of Darkness (Dynamite)
    
    04/2011: Danger Girl Army of Darkness #1 - 14,869
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #2 - 12,417 (-16.5%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Danger Girl Army  of Darkness #3 - 11,169 (-10.1%) 

    Not too bad for a book of this type, but still dropping quite fast.

    171. Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters (IDW)
    
    03/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #1 - 58,879 [69,662]
    04/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #2 - 14,492 (-79.2%)
    05/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #3 - 14,588 (+0.7%)
    06/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #4 - 7,570 [14,890] (+2.1%)
    07/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #5 - 13,750 (-7.7%)
    08/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #6 - 12,524 (-8.9%)
    09/2011: Godzilla Kingdom of Monsters #7 - 11,141 (-12.4%)
    	                          6 month (-81.1%) 

    Those drop-offs are getting bigger and bigger, which probably won’t be helped by the departure of Eric Powell as writer with this issue. That six-month comparison is very inflated by the retailer promotion that ran with the first issue.

    173. Dollhouse Epitaphs (Dark Horse)
    
    03/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs Oneshot - 19,836
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #1 - 14,761 (-25.6%)
    08/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 - 12,366 (-16.2%)
    09/2011: Dollhouse Epitaphs #3 - 10,866 (-12.1%) 

    Losing readers fast, this sadly doesn’t appear to have been as successful as Dark Horse hoped. The last issue just came out, and stated that although there may be more Dollhouse in the future, it isn’t going to be the near-future.

    175. Morning Glories (Image) 
    
    09/2010: Morning Glories #2 - 8,265
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Morning Glories #3 - 11,258 (+36.2%)
    11/2010: Morning Glories #4 - 11,292 (+0.3%)
    12/2010: Morning Glories #5 - 11,193 (-0.9%)
    01/2011: Morning Glories #6 - 10,795 (-3.6%)
    02/2011: Morning Glories #7 - 11,037 (+2.2%)
    03/2011: Morning Glories #8 - 10,809 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Morning Glories #9 - 10,975 (+1.5%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Morning Glories #10 - 11,385 (+3.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Morning Glories #11 - 10,653 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Morning Glories #12 - 10,537 (-1.1%)
    	                          6 month (-2.5%)
                                           1 year (+27.5%) 

    Holding pretty steady at the moment. This issue was billed as holding some answers to the series mysteries, but it didn’t reveal much and created many more questions.

    180. GI Joe (IDW)
    
    09/2006: GI Joe America’s Elite #15 (Devil’s Due) - 17,449
    09/2007: GI Joe America’s Elite #27 (Devil’s Due) - 15,267
    09/2008: -
    09/2009: GI Joe #9 – 17,436
    09/2010: GI Joe #22 - 11,887
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: GI Joe #23 - 11,531 (-3.0%)
    11/2010: GI Joe #24 - 10,985 (-4.7%)
    12/2010: GI Joe #25 - 10,641 (-3.1%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: GI Joe #26 - 10,323 (-3.0%)
    02/2011: GI Joe #27 - 10,102 (-2.1%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438 (+33.0%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
    04/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #0 - 12,353 (-5.9%)
    05/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #1 - 13,703 (+10.9%)
    06/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #2 - 11,640 (-15.1%)
    07/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #3 - 11,377 (-2.3%)
    08/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #4 - 10,824 (-4.9%)
    09/2011: GI Joe Vol 2 #5 - 10,371 (-4.2%)
    	                          6 month (-16.5%)
                                           1 year (-12.8%)
                                           2 year (-40.5%)
                                           3 year (n.a.)
                                           4 year (-32.1%)
                                           5 year (-40.6%) 
    184. GI Joe Real American Hero (IDW)
    
    09/2010: Real American Hero #158 - 13,197
    ====
    
    10/2010: Real American Hero #159 - 12,309 (-6.7%)
    11/2010: Real American Hero #160 - 11,544 (-6.2%)
    12/2010: Real American Hero #161 - 11,125 (-3.6%)
    01/2011: Real American Hero #162 - 10,516 (-5.5%)
    02/2011: Real American Hero #163 - 10,262 (-2.4%)
    03/2011: Real American Hero #164 - 10,386 (+1.2%)
    04/2011: Real American Hero #165 - 10,218 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: Real American Hero #166 - 10,117 (-1.0%)
    06/2011: Real American Hero #167 - 10,118 (+0.0%)
    07/2011: Real American Hero #168 - 9,943 (-1.7%)
    08/2011: Real American Hero #169 - 9,670 (-2.7%)
    09/2011: Real American Hero #170 - 9,542 (-1.3%)
    	                          6 month (-8.1%)
                                           1 year (-27.7%)
    186,193. Cobra Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2010: GI Joe Cobra Special #2 - 8,785
    
    =====
    
    10/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #9 - 8,656 (-1.5%)
    11/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #10 - 8,275 (-4.4%)
    12/2010: GI Joe Cobra II #11 - 8,008 (-3.2%)
    01/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #12 - 7,613 (-4.9%)
    02/2011: GI Joe Cobra II #13 - 7,436 (-2.3%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Cobra #1 - 11,949 (+60.7%)
    06/2011: Cobra #2 - 10,128 (-15.2%)
    07/2011: Cobra #3 - 7,740 (-23.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Cobra #4 - 9,391 (+21.3%)
    09/2011: Cobra #5 - 9,068 (-3.4%)
    	                6 month (n.a.)
                                  1 year (+3.2%)
    192. Snake Eyes Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2009: GI Joe Origins #7 - 14,753
    09/2010: GI Joe Origins #19 - 11,171
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: GI Joe Origins #20 - 9,482 (-15.1%)
    11/2010: GI Joe Origins #21 - 8,970 (-5.4%)
    12/2010: GI Joe Origins #22 - 8,597 (-4.2%)
    01/2011: GI Joe Origins #23 - 8,136 (-5.4%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Snake Eyes #1 - 12,197 (+49.9%)
    06/2011: Snake Eyes #2 - 10,246 (-16.0%)
    07/2011: Snake Eyes #3 - 10,001 (-2.4%)
    08/2011: Snake Eyes #4 - 9,288 (-7.1%)
    09/2011: Snake Eyes #5 - 9,141 (-1.6%)
    	                          6 month (n.a.)
                                           1 year (-18.2%)
                                           2 year (-38.0%) 

    All of the GI Joe books are falling, the main book the fastest. Cobra is still well above the last series, and the sales pattern would suggest that some copies of issue three slipped into the following month, and the sales drop on that issue wasn’t that bad.

     181. Hellraiser (Boom!) 
    
    03/2011: Hellraiser #1 - 13,850
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Hellraiser #2 - 10,366 (-25.2%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Hellraiser #3 - 9,974 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: Hellraiser #4 - 11,096 (+11.2%)
    09/2011: Hellraiser #5 - 10,303 (-7.1%)
    	                          6 month (-25.6%) 

    Down on last issue, but still pretty good numbers. The first collection charted at number 38 on the GN chart, with 1,859 copies ordered.

    182, 185. Transformers Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2008: All Hail Megatron #3 - 13,238
    09/2009: All Hail Megatron #15 - 11,634
    09/2010: Transformers Ongoing #11 - 11,582
    
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Transformers Ongoing #12 - 11,166 (-3.6%)
    11/2010: Transformers Ongoing #13 - 10,998 (-1.5%)
    12/2010: Transformers Ongoing #14 - 10,573 (-3.9%)
    01/2011: Transformers Ongoing #15 - 10,159 (-3.9%)
    02/2011: Transformers Ongoing #16 - 10,265 (+1.0%)
    03/2011: Transformers Ongoing #17 - 10,094 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Transformers Ongoing #18 - 9,813 (-2.8%)
    05/2011: Transformers Ongoing #19 - 10,089 (+2.8%)
    06/2011: Transformers Ongoing #20 - 10,232 (+1.4%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #21 - 10,165 (-0.7%)
    07/2011: Transformers Ongoing #22 - 9,884 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #23 - 10,327 (+4.5%)
    08/2011: Transformers Ongoing #24 - 10,097 (-2.2%)
    09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #25 - 9,533 (-5.6%)
    09/2011: Transformers Ongoing #26 - 10,118 (+6.1%)
    	                          6 month (-0.2%)
                                           1 year (-12.6%)
                                           2 year (-13.0%)
                                           3 year (-23.6%) 

    Really very stable, this is effectively two books under one name, as alternating issues run different stories arcs. They don’t correspond with the sales spikes and dips though, so who knows why that happens?

     188, 287. Severed (Image)
    
    08/2011: Severed #1 - 10,573 (14,411)
    09/2011: Severed #2 - 9,280 (-12.2%) 

    This is doing much better than the second issue sales suggest, as a second printing of the first issue charts at 287, with another 3,838 copies, an excellent figure.

     189. Green Hornet (Dynamite) 
    
    09/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #7 - 20,880
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #8 - 19,442 (+33.5%)
    11/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #9 - 17,894 (-8.0%)
    11/2010: Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #10 - 17,753 (-0.8%)
    12/2010: Green Hornet #11 - 14,771 (-16.8%)
    01/2011: Green Hornet #12 - 13,913 (-5.8%)
    02/2011: Green Hornet #13 - 12,503 (-10.1%)
    03/2011: Green Hornet #14 - 11,485 (-8.1%)
    04/2011: Green Hornet #15 - 10,708 (-6.8%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Green Hornet #16 - 10,396 (-2.9%)
    07/2011: Green Hornet #17 - 9,708 (-6.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Green Hornet #18 - 9,279 (-4.4%)
    	                          6 month (-19.2%)
                                           1 year (-55.6%) 

    Still dropping off very fast, but not doing as badly as the now-cancelled tie-ins further down the chart.

    191. Artifacts (Image)
    
    09/2010: Artifacts #2 - 13,147
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Artifacts #3 - 11,844 (-9.9%)
    12/2010: Artifacts #4 - 11,415 (-3.6%)
    01/2011: Artifacts #5 - 11,788 (+3.3%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Artifacts #6 - 10,910 (-7.4%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Artifacts #7 - 10,667 (-2.2%)
    06/2011: Artifacts #8 - 10,343 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Artifacts #9 - 10,942 (+5.7%)
    09/2011: Artifacts #10 - 9,215 (-15.8%)
    	                      6 month (-15.5%)
                                        1 year (-29.9%) 

    Ooh, after last month’s rise that’s a very bad drop-off. Not a good sign following the announcement that this book is becoming an ongoing, although that plan may have been quietly dropped, as the most recent issue was still released as 11 of 13. The second trade charted at 59 with sales of 1,533.

    194. Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths(IDW)
    
    06/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #1 - 13,292
    07/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #2 - 11,611 (-12.6%)
    08/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #3 - 10,525 (-9.3%)
    09/2011: Gangsters and Goliaths #4 - 9,061 (-13.9%)

    Falling off a cliff a bit, although the drops are in line with its parent title.

    196. Baltimore (Dark Horse) 
    
    09/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #2 - 10,601
    ====
    
    10/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #3 - 9,823 (-7.3%)
    11/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #4 - 9,558 (-2.7%)
    12/2010: Baltimore Plague Ships #5 - 9,142 (-4.4%)
    01-07/2011: -
    08/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #1 - 10,797 (+18.1%)
    09/2011: Baltimore Curse Bells #2 - 8,988 (-16.8%)
                                        1 year (-15.2%) 

    Settles back into a gentle drift downwards, ignoring the bump from the new number one.

    197. Mega Man (Archie)
    
    05/2011: Mega Man #1 - 12,586
    06/2011: Mega Man #2 - 7,713 (-38.7%)
    07/2011: Mega Man #3 - 4,845 (-37.2%)
    08/2011: Mega Man #4 - 8,900 (+83%)
    09/2011: Mega Man #5 - 8,741 (-1.8%) 

    Holding almost all of last issue’s increase, this is a genuine hit in the direct market, selling better than the Sonic titles.

    198. Irredeemable (Boom) 
    
    09/2009: Irredeemable #6 - 14,128
    09/2010: Irredeemable #17 - 11,818
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Irredeemable #18 - 11,398 (-3.6%)
    11/2010: Irredeemable #19 - 11,102 (-2.6%)
    12/2010: Irredeemable #20 - 10,406 (-6.3%)
    01/2011: Irredeemable #21 - 10,247 (-1.5%)
    02/2011: Irredeemable #22 - 10,025 (-2.2%)
    03/2011: Irredeemable #23 - 9,983 (-0.4%)
    04/2011: Irredeemable #24 - 10,274 (+2.9%)
    05/2011: Irredeemable #25 - 10,082 (-1.9%)
    06/2011: Irredeemable #26 - 9,784 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Irredeemable #27 - 9,577 (-2.1%)
    08/2011: Irredeemable #28 - 8,820 (-7.9%)
    09/2011: Irredeemable #29 - 8,582 (-2.7%)
    	                          6 month (-14.0%)
                                           1 year (-27.4%)
                                           2 year (-39.3%) 

    Not as big a drop as last month, and heading toward a cross-over with Incorruptible. Volume Seven of the trade paperbacks charts at a very good number 13 with sales of 2,618, meaning that the trades, priced at 17 dollars for 4 issues of content, are more lucrative than the single issues at four dollars each.

    199. Vampirella Scarlet Legion (Dynamite)
    
    05/2011: Scarlet Legion #1 - 13,625
    06/2011: Scarlet Legion #2 - 9,818 (-27.9%)
    07/2011: Scarlet Legion #3 - 9,262 (-5.7%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Scarlet Legion #4 - 8,466 (-8.6%) 

    One more issue left, this hasn’t done too badly for Dynamite, and sales aren’t too far behind the parent title.

    200. Witchblade (Image)
    
    09/2006: Witchblade #101 - 14,727
    09/2007: -
    09/2008: Witchblade #120 - 15,068
    09/2009: Witchblade #130 - 15,387
    09/2010: Witchblade #138 - 10,521
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Witchblade #139 - 10,113 (-3.9%)
    12/2010: Witchblade #140 - 11,172 (+10.5%)
    01/2011: Witchblade #141 - 9,768 (-12.6%)
    02/2011: Witchblade #142 - 9,803 (+0.4%)
    03/2011: Witchblade #143 - 9,394 (-4.2%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Witchblade #144 - 10,662 (+13.5%)
    06/2011: Witchblade #145 - 8,996 (-15.6%)
    07/2011: Witchblade #146 - 8,765 (-2.6%)
    08/2011: Witchblade #147 - 8,487 (-3.2%)
    09/2011: Witchblade #148 - 8,461 (-0.3%)
    	                          6 month (-%)
                                           1 year (-19.6%)
                                           2 year (-45.0%)
                                           3 year (-43.8%)
                                           4 year (n.a.)
                                           5 year (-42.5%) 

    I’ve only just noticed that this book has averaged 10 issues a year for the last 5 years, skipping after every 5 issues. That’s gotta be by design, right? Heading towards issue one fifty.

    201. Dungeons and Dragons (IDW)
    
    11/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #1 - 15,462 (-34.6%)
    12/2010: Dungeons and Dragons #2 - 11,623 (-24.8%)
    01/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #3 - 10,112 (-13.0%)
    02/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #4 - 9,761 (-3.5%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #5 - 9,833 (+0.7%)
    04/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #6 - 9,520 (-3.2%)
    05/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #7 - 9,427 (-1.0%)
    06/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #8 - 9,226 (-2.1%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #9 - 8,987 (-2.6%)
    08/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #10 - 8,545 (-4.9%)
    09/2011: Dungeons and Dragons #11 - 8,441 (-1.2%) 
    204. Dungeons and Dragons Drizzt (IDW)
    
    08/2011: Dungeons & Dragons Drizzt #1 - 9,855
    09/2011: Dungeons & Dragons Drizzt #2 - 8,328 (-15.5%) 

    The two would appear to be being ordered pretty much in tandem, as sales are very close. The Drizzt Omnibus, collecting the earlier Devil’s Due series, charts at 86 in the GN chart with 1,120 copies ordered.

    202. The Guild (Dark Horse) 
    
    12/2010: Vork #1 - 12,105 (-6.7%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Tink #1 - 9,904 (-18.2%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Bladezz #1 - 9,490 (-4.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: - Clara #1 - 8,420 (-11.3%) 

    These are dropping in sales, but the collection will probably do well to fans of the web-show.

    203. Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse)
    
    04/2011: Dark Horse Presents #1 - 15,107
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Dark Horse Presents #2 - 11,315 (-25.1%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Dark Horse Presents #3 - 8,931 (-21.1%)
    09/2011: Dark Horse Presents #4 - 8,366 (-6.3%) 

    Drops have slowed this month, I would imagine Dark Horse are very happy with these figures, considering this is an eight dollar book.

    205. Super Dinosaur (Image)
    
    04/2011: Super Dinosaur #1 - 12,473
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur #2 - 9,945 (-20.3%)
    05/2011: Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 - 8,575 (-13.8%)
    06/2011: Super Dinosaur #3 - 8,943 (+4.3%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: - Super Dinosaur #4 - 8,303 (-7.1%) 

    Bit of a strong drop at this stage, and that gap in solicits won’t be helping, but this is nonetheless selling very well for an all-ages title.

    206.  Rachel Rising (Abstract) 
    
    09/2009: Echo #15 - 10,529
    09/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Echo #25 - 8,694 (+93.8%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Echo #26 - 8,722 (+0.3%)
    01/2011: Echo #27 - 6,675 (-23.5%)
    02/2011: Echo #28 - 7,995 (+19.8%)
    03/2011: Echo #29 - 8,016 (+0.3%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Echo #30 - 8,340 (+4.0%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Rachel Rising #1 - 10,989 (+31.8%)
    09/2011: Rachel Rising #2 - 8,189 (-25.5%)

    A slightly heavy second-issue drop, but these are retailer orders, not sales, and both the first two issues have had second prints.

    207. Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope)
    
    09/2008: Grimm Fairy Tales #30 - 9,754
    09/2009: -
    09/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #50 - 13,931
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #51 - 8,343 (-40.1%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #52 - 7,903 (-5.3%)
    12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #53 - 9,146 (+15.7%)
    12/2010: Grimm Fairy Tales #54 - 7,886 (-13.8%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #55 - 8,897 (+12.8%)
    03/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #56 - 8,701 (-2.2%)
    03/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #57 - 7,096 (-18.4%)
    04/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #58 - 7,198 (+1.4%)
    05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #59 - 8,356 (+16.1%)
    06/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #60 - 8,143 (-2.5%)
    07/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #61 - 7,777 (-4.5%)
    08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #62 - 6,452 (-17%)
    08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 - 8,086 (+25.3%)
    09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 - 8,183 (+1.2%) 

    Who’d have thought that a cheesecake fairy tale book would do so well, as sales tick up again for the Dream Eater crossover? Volume ten of the trade paperback charts at 43 with sales of 1,803.

    208, 243. Lady Death (Avatar)
    
    12/2010: Lady Death #0 - 15,665
    01/2011: Lady Death #1 - 14,023 (-10.5%)
    02/2011: Lady Death #2 - 11,033 (-21.3%)
    03/2011: Lady Death #3 - 10,801 (-2.1%)
    04/2011: Lady Death #4 - 10,391 (-3.8%)
    05/2011: Lady Death #5 - 9,656 (-7.1%)
    06/2011: Lady Death #6 - 9,563 (-1.0%)
    07/2011: Lady Death #7 - 8,945 (-6.4%)
    08/2011: Lady Death #8 - 8,681 (-3.0%)
    09/2011: Lady Death #9 - 8,127 (-6.4%)
    09/2011: Lady Death Origins Annual #1 - 6,331 (-22.1%)

    Sales are falling very quickly on this title, certainly faster than they should be nine issues in. The annual sells way below the regular series.

     209, 213. Hack Slash (Image)
    
    09/2009: Hack Slash #26 (Devil’s Due) - 5,400
    09/2010: Hack Slash My First Maniac #4 - 8,177
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Hack Slash Annual 2010 - 8,149 (-0.3%)
    11/2010: Hack Slash Trailers Part 2 - 5,887 (-27.8%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Hack Slash: Me Without You - 7,496 (+27.3%)
    02/2011: Hack Slash #1 - 10,553 (+40.8%)
    03/2011: Hack Slash #2 - 8,483 (-19.6%)
    04/2011: Hack Slash #3 - 8,554 (+0.8%)
    05/2011: Hack Slash #4 - 8,449 (-1.2%)
    06/2011: Hack Slash #5 - 8,666 (+2.6%)
    07/2011: Hack Slash #6 - 8,201 (-5.4%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Hack Slash #7 - 7,967 (-2.9%)
    09/2011: Hack Slash #8 - 7,737 (-2.9%)

    Slightly dropping, but it’s within the sales range of the past few years. Volume nine of the collections charts at 80 with 1,178 in sales.

    214. Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror (Bongo)
    
    09/2006: Treehouse of Horror #12 - 10,853
    09/2007: Treehouse of Horror #13 - 9,691
    09/2008: Treehouse of Horror #14 - 9,133
    09/2009: Treehouse of Horror #15 - 8,818
    09/2010: Treehouse of Horror #16 - 8,705
    
    ====
    
    09/2011: Treehouse of Horror #17 - 7,671

    A big drop from last year, featuring stories from Gene Ha & Zander Cannon, Jim Woodring and Jane Weidlin, but still well above the parent book.

    215. Witch Doctor (Image)
    
    06/2011: Witch Doctor #1 - 12,592
    07/2011: Witch Doctor #2 - 7,410 (-41.2%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Witch Doctor #3 - 7,659 (+3.4%)

    A slight increase, suggesting that retailers have underestimated this book.

    217. Fathom (Aspen)
    
    06/2011: Fathom Primer #1 - 8,508
    06/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #0 - 8,317 (-2.2%)
    07/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #1 - 9,289 (+11.7%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Fathom Vol 4 #2 - 7,579 (-18.4%)

    A big drop, despite it finally approaching a regular publishing schedule.

    218. Pigs (Image)
    
    09/2011: Pigs #1 - 7,546 

    A new mini from the creator of the Choker mini-series, Ben McCool, up on the sales for that series. It’s about Russian sleeper agents from the Bay of Pigs incident, reactivating in the present day.

    219. Doctor Who Ongoing (IDW)
    
    09/2009: Doctor Who #3 - 8,711
    09/2010: Doctor Who #15 - 6,620
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Doctor Who #16 - 6,198 (-6.4%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1 - 8,843 (+42.7%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #2 - 7,461 (-15.6%)
    03/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #3 - 7,523 (+0.8%)
    04/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #4 - 7,477 (-0.6%)
    05/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #5 - 7,498 (+0.3%)
    06/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6 - 7,580 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #7 - 7,356 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #8 - 7,480 (+1.7%)
    08/2010: Doctor Who Annual 2011 - 6,453 (-13.7%)
    09/2011: Doctor Who Vol. 2 #9 - 7,324 (+13.5%) 

    Very stable indeed.

    223. Sonic Universe (Archie) 
    
    09/2009: Sonic Universe #8 - 6,924
    09/2010: Sonic Universe #20 - 6,747
    ====
    
    10/2010: Sonic Universe #21 - 6,843 (+1.4%)
    11/2010: Sonic Universe #22 - 6,641 (-3.0%)
    12/2010: Sonic Universe #23 - 6,480 (-2.4%)
    01/2011: Sonic Universe #24 - 6,228 (-3.9%)
    02/2011: Sonic Universe #25 - 6,464 (+3.8%)
    03/2011: Sonic Universe #26 - 6,571 (+1.7%)
    04/2011: Sonic Universe #27 - 6,636 (+1.0%)
    05/2011: Sonic Universe #28 - 6,722 (+1.3%)
    06/2011: Sonic Universe #29 - 6,917 (+2.9%)
    07/2011: Sonic Universe #30 - 6,892 (-0.4%)
    08/2011: Sonic Universe #31 - 7,038 (+2.1%)
    09/2011: Sonic Universe #32 - 7,027 (-0.1%)

    Also very stable. The first collection charts at 52 with sales of 1,652.

    225. Tarot Witch of the Black Rose (Broadsword)
    
    09/2006: Tarot #40 - 9,410
    09/2007: Tarot #46 - 7,134
    09/2008: Tarot #52 - 9,098
    09/2009: Tarot #58 - 8,502
    09/2010: Tarot #64 - 8,016
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Tarot #65 - 7,671 (-4.3%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Tarot #66 - 7,530 (-1.8%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Tarot #67 - 7,467 (-0.8%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Tarot #68 - 8,229 (+10.2%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Tarot #69 - 7,303 (-11.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Tarot #70 - 6,955 (-4.8%) 

    A series low in sales, but this still does very well for Jim Balent considering it’s adults only.

    226. Planet of the Apes (Boom!) 
    
    04/2011: Planet of the Apes #1 - 9,333
    05/2011: Planet of the Apes #2 - 7,369 (-21.0%)
    06/2011: Planet of the Apes #3 - 7,804 (+5.9%)
    07/2011: Planet of the Apes #4 - 6,907 (-11.5%)
    08/2011: Planet of the Apes #5 - 8,386 (+21.4%)
    09/2011: Planet of the Apes #6 - 6,890 (-17.8%) 

    Actually a pretty good drop if you ignore the increase that last month’s one dollar issue brought.

    227. Queen Sonja (Dynamite) 
    
    09/2010: Queen Sonja #10 - 8,975 (-2.2%)
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Queen Sonja #11 - 8,502 (-5.3%)
    12/2010: Queen Sonja #12 - 8,231 (-3.2%)
    01/2011: Queen Sonja #13 - 7,889 (-4.2%)
    02/2011: Queen Sonja #14 - 7,636 (-3.2%)
    03/2011: Queen Sonja #15 - 7,539 (-1.3%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Queen Sonja #16 - 7,287 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: Queen Sonja #17 - 7,241 (-0.6%)
    07/2011: Queen Sonja #18 - 6,869 (-5.1%)
    08/2011: Queen Sonja #19 - 6,816 (-0.8%)
    09/2011: Queen Sonja #20 - 6,883 (+1.0%) 

    A slight increase for no apparent reason.

    228. Sergio Aragones Funnies (Bongo)
    
    07/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 - 9,419
    08/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #2 - 7,439 (-21.0%)
    09/2011: Sergio Aragones Funnies #3 - 6,859 (-7.8%) 

    Hopefully starting to stabilize, with not such a bad drop.

    230. Turok Son of Stone (Dark Horse) 
    
    10/2010: Turok Son of Stone #1 - 12,607
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Turok Son of Stone #2 - 8,015 (-36.4%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Turok Son of Stone #3 - 6,821 (-14.9%)

    Considering it’s lost almost half of it’s audience and only released 3 issues in a year, it’s not a surprise this is cancelled.

    231. Simpsons Comics (Bongo)
    
    09/2006: Simpsons Comics #122 - 10,095
    09/2007: Simpsons Comics #134 - 9,625
    09/2008: Simpsons Comics #146 - 8,723
    09/2010: Simpsons Comics #170 - 7,320
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Simpsons Comics #171 - 7,429 (+1.5%)
    11/2010: Simpsons Comics #172 - 7,429 (0.0%)
    12/2010: Simpsons Comics #173 - 7,065 (-4.9%)
    01/2011: Simpsons Comics #174 - 6,776 (-4.1%)
    02/2011: Simpsons Comics #175 - 6,896 (+1.8%)
    03/2011: Simpsons Comics #176 - 6,874 (-0.3%)
    04/2011: Simpsons Comics #177 - 6,837 (-0.5%)
    05/2011: Simpsons Comics #178 - 6,991 (+2.2%)
    06/2011: Simpsons Comics #179 - 6,913 (-1.1%)
    07/2011: Simpsons Comics #180 - 6,705 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: Simpsons Comics #181 - 6,796 (+1.3%)
    09/2011: Simpsons Comics #182 - 6,808 (+0.2%)

    As stable as ever, and with sales outside the direct market.

    233, 251. Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human (Dynamite)
    
    07/2011: Kill Human #1 - 8,322
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Kill Human #2 - 6,755 (-18.8%)
    09/2011: Kill Human #3 - 5,735 (-15.1%)

    Not leveling up very well unfortunately.

    234. Incorruptible (Boom)
    
    09/2010: Incorruptible #9 - 10,646 (-2.7%)
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Incorruptible #10 - 10,314 (-3.1%)
    10/2010: Incorruptible #11 - 9,844 (-4.6%)
    11/2010: Incorruptible #12 - 9,403 (-4.5%)
    12/2010: Incorruptible #13 - 8,701 (-7.5%)
    01/2011: Incorruptible #14 - 8,512 (-2.2%)
    02/2011: Incorruptible #15 - 8,252 (-3.1%)
    03/2011: Incorruptible #16 - 8,108 (-1.7%)
    04/2011: Incorruptible #17 - 8,257 (+1.8%)
    05/2011: Incorruptible #18 - 8,044 (-2.6%)
    06/2011: Incorruptible #19 - 7,804 (-3.0%)
    07/2011: Incorruptible #20 - 7,584 (-2.8%)
    08/2011: Incorruptible #21 - 7,015 (-7.5%)

    That’s quite a large drop, but hopefully the upcoming crossover with Irredeemable will give it a shot in the arm.

    236. Green Hornet Year One (Dynamite)
    
    09/2010: Green Hornet Year One #5 - 11,208
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Green Hornet Year One #6 - 10,647 (-5.0%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Green Hornet Year One #7 - 9,455 (-11.2%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Green Hornet Year One #8 - 8,503 (-10.1%)
    03/2011: Green Hornet Year One #9 - 7,620 (-10.4%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Green Hornet Year One #10 - 7,300 (-4.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Green Hornet Year One #11 - 6,839 (-6.3%)
    09/2011: Green Hornet Year One #12 - 6,588 (-3.7%)

    Cancelled, as Dynamite whittle their GH books down to one.

    Big Lie #1 (Image) 
    
    09/2011: Big Lie #1 - 6,572

    A new Rick Veitch book is always something to celebrate, this is a 9/11 conspiracy book released on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

    238. Magdalena (Image)
    
    09/2010: Magdalena #3 - 7,538
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Magdalena #4 - 7,171 (-4.9%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Magdalena #5 - 6,538 (-8.8%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Magdalena #6 - 6,325 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: Magdalena #7 - 6,968 (+10.2%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Magdalena #8 - 6,551 (-6.0%)

    Loses some of the gains it made last issue, but still up on 3 issues ago. This is only one of two covers, so the true sales will be higher.

    239. Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover (Zenescope) 
    
    05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover Prelude - 8,558
    05/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales Dream Eater Crossover #1 - 9,304 (+8.7%)
    06/2011: The Piper one shot (part 2) - 6,877 (-26.1%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #6 (part 3) - 6,215 (-9.6%)
    06/2011: Wonderland one shot (part 4) - 6,913 (+11.2%)
    06/2011: Neverland one shot (part 5) - 6,701 (-3.1%)
    07/2011: Salem’s Daughter one shot (part 6) - 6,423 (-4.1%)
    07/2011: Myths and Legends #7 (part 7) - 6,215 (-3.2%)
    08/2011: Sinbad one shot (part 8) - 6,059 (-2.5%)
    08/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #63 (part 9) - 8,086 (+33.5%)
    09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales #64 (part 10) - 8,183 (+1.2%)
    09/2011: Inferno one shot (part 11) - 6,544 (-20.0%)

    Kind of weirdly stable, despite bouncing around depending on the characters involved they’re all within the same sales range. I’ve already covered Grimm Fairy Tales, but I’ve included them here for reference.

    242. Elric: The Balance Lost (Boom!)
    
    07/2011: The Balance Lost #1 - 9,893
    08/2011: The Balance Lost #2 - 6,643 (-32.8%)
    09/2011: The Balance Lost #3 - 6,345 (-4.4%)

    Stabilizing very quickly.

    245. Grimm Fairy Tales The Library (Zenescope)
    
    09/2011: Grimm Fairy Tales The Library #1 - 6,255

    This is an all-ages version of the comics that essentially are popular because of their cheesecake and horror content. Not quite sure how well that will work, although these aren’t bad figures.

    246. Futurama Comics (Bongo)
    
    09/2009: Futurama Comics #45 - 6,454
    09/2010: Futurama Comics #51 - 6,224
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Futurama Comics #52 - 6,390 (+2.7%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Futurama Comics #53 - 6,098 (-4.6%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Futurama Comics #54 - 6,228 (+2.1%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Futurama Comics #55 - 6,177 (-0.8%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Futurama Comics #56 - 6,229 (+0.8%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Futurama Comics #57 - 6,252 (+0.4%)

    Slightly up again, and of course sells outside the direct market.

    247. Doctor Solar Man of the Atom (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #2 - 13,715
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #3 - 10,115 (-26.2%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #4 - 8,677 (-14.2%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #5 - 7,778 (-10.4%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Doctor Solar Man of the Atom #6 - 7,046 (-9.4%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Doctor Solar Man of Atom #7 - 6,833 (-3.0%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Doctor Solar Man of Atom #8 - 6,229 (-8.8%)

    Cancelled.

    248. Near Death (Image)
    
    09/2011: Near Death #1 - 5,922

    Noir-ish thriller from Jay Faerber, about an ex-assassin who decides to save a life for every one he’s taken.

    249. Last Phantom (Dynamite)
    
    09/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Last Phantom #2 - 9,859 (-23.5%)
    11/2010: Last Phantom #3 - 9,157 (-7.1%)
    12/2010:-
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Last Phantom #4 - 8,543 (-6.7%)
    03/2011: Last Phantom #5 - 7,643 (-10.5%)
    04/2011: Last Phantom #6 - 6,902 (-9.7%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Last Phantom #7 - 6,470 (-6.3-%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Last Phantom #8 - 6,172 (-4.6%)
    09/2011: Last Phantom #9 - 5,878 (-4.8%)

    With drops like this, it probably isn’t long for this world. I don’t think this even sells that well in Australia (and they love the Phantom there).

    250. Darkness (Image)
    
    09/2006: -
    09/2007: -
    09/2008: Darkness #5 - 14,228
    09/2009: Darkness #80 - 14,045
    09/2010: Darkness #86 - 7,242
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Darkness #87 - 6,960 (-3.9%)
    01/2011: Darkness #88 - 6,842 (-1.7%)
    01/2011: Darkness #89 - 6,544 (-4.4%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Darkness #90 - 6,482 (-0.9%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Darkness #91 - 6,207 (-4.2%)
    07/2011: Darkness #92 - 5,971 (-3.8%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Darkness #93 - 5,856 (-1.9%)

    Still dropping, but no doubt issue one hundred will bring something special.

    253. 50 Girls (Image)
    
    06/2011: 50 Girls #1 - 9,121
    07/2011: 50 Girls #2 - 6,880 (-24.6%)
    08/2011: 50 Girls #3 - 6,127 (-10.9%)
    09/2011: 50 Girls #4 - 5,578 (-9.0%)

    Not a great ending to this mini-series.

    255. Executive Assistant Iris (Aspen)
    
    10/2010: Executive Assistant Iris #6 - 6,684
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #0 - 6,929 (+3.7%)
    07/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #1 - 7,021 (+1.3%)
    08/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #2 - 5,843 (-16.7%)
    09/2011: Executive Assistant Iris Vol. 2 #3 - 5,502 (-5.8%)

    Well above the other mini-series that make up the Hit-List Agenda crossover, they chart below.

    256. Bart Simpson Comics (Bongo)
    
    09/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #56 - 6,020 (+1.1%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Bart Simpson Comics #57 - 5,622 (-6.6%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #58 - 5,478 (-2.6%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #59 - 5,490 (+2.2%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 5,589 (+1.8%)
    07/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #61 - 5,502 (-1.6%)
    08/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #62 - 5,462 (-0.7%)
    09/2011: Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 5,475 (-0.2%)

    Just as stable as Bongo’s other Groening properties.

    257. Fly (Zenescope)
    
    06/2011: Fly #1 - 8,148
    07/2011: Fly #2 - 6,133 (-24.7%)
    08/2011: Fly #3 - 6,133 (0.0%)
    09/2011: Fly #4 - 5,416 (-11.7%)

    Quite a bad drop after last issue’s freeze. This is getting reviewed well though.

    258,264. Kevin Smith's Kato (Dynamite)
    
    09/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #4 - 11,089
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #5 - 10,015 (-9.7%)
    12/2010: Kevin Smith’s Kato #6 - 9,181 (-8.3%)
    01/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #7 - 7,978 (-13.1%)
    02/2011: Kevin Smith's Kato #8 - 7,473 (-6.3%)
    02/2011: Annual #1 - 5,733 (-23.3%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Kevin Smith's Kato #9 - 5,944 (+3.7%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #10 - 6,297 (+5.9%)
    07/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #11 - 5,195 (-17.5%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #12 - 5,283 (+1.7%)
    09/2011: Kevin Smith’s Kato #13 - 4,981 (-5.7%)

    One issue left and then cancelled.

    259. Zorro Rides Again (Dynamite)
    
    03/2011: Death of Zorro #1 - 9,220
    04/2011: Death of Zorro #2 - 7,309 (-20.7%)
    05/2011: Death of Zorro #3 - 7,187 (-1.7%)
    06/2011: Death of Zorro #4 - 6,634 (-7.7%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #1 - 6,569 (-1.0%)
    08/2011: Zorro Rides Again #2 - 5,740 (-12.6%)
    09/2011: Zorro Rides Again #3 - 5,274 (-8.1%)

    Slightly less of a drop, but there are supposed to be another 9 issues of this, not sure how low it’s going to get before the end.

    260. Darkwing Duck (Boom!) 
    
    09/2010: Darkwing Duck #4 - 6,658
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Darkwing Duck #5 - 6,527 (-2.0%)
    11/2010: Darkwing Duck #6 - 6,565 (+0.6%)
    12/2010: Darkwing Duck #7 - 6,330 (-3.6%)
    01/2011: Darkwing Duck #8 - 6,020 (-4.9%)
    02/2011: Darkwing Duck #9 - 5,813 (-3.4%)
    03/2011: Darkwing Duck #10 - 5,822 (+0.2%)
    03/2011: Darkwing Duck Annual #1 - 5,444 (-6.5%)
    04/2011: Darkwing Duck #11 - 5,897 (+8.3%)
    05/2011: Darkwing Duck #12 - 5,815 (-1.4%)
    06/2011: Darkwing Duck #13 - 5,708 (-1.8%)
    07/2011: Darkwing Duck #14 - 5,657 (-0.9%)
    08/2011: Darkwing Duck #15 - 5,312 (-6.1%)
    09/2011: Darkwing Duck #16 - 5,228 (-1.6%)

    Another slight drop, but not sure how much longer Boom are going to publish the Disney books.

    261. Night of the Living Dead (Avatar)
    
    03/2011: Death Valley #1 - 5,800
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Death Valley #2 - 5,476 (-5.6%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Death Valley #3 - 5,527 (+0.9%)
    09/2011: Death Valley #4 - 5,046 (-8.7%)

    Another big drop, after last issue’s slight rise.

    262. Infestation (IDW)
    
    01/2011: Infestation #1 - 16,743
    02/2011: Transformers Infestation #1 - 12,961 (-22.6%)
    02/2011: Transformers Infestation #2 - 11,969 (-7.7%)
    02/2011: Star Trek Infestation #1 - 12,090
    02/2011: Star Trek Infestation #2 - 10,906 (-9.8%)
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #1 - 13,438
    03/2011: GI Joe Infestation #2 - 12,427 (-7.5%)
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #1 - 11,616
    03/2011: Ghostbusters Infestation #2 - 10,445 (-10.1%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Infestation Outbreak #1 - 8,098
    07/2011: Infestation Outbreak #2 - 6,614 (-18.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Infestation Outbreak #3 -5,036 (-23.9%)

    This is not faring well, but it’s crossing over into other IDW properties again after this series, which will almost certainly push sales up again.

    263. Soulfire (Aspen)
    
    09/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Soulfire Volume Two #8 - 5,666 (-5.1%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Soulfire Volume Two #9 - 5,675 (+0.2%)
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Soulfire Volume Three #0 - 6,213 (+9.5%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #1 - 7,048 (+13.4%)
    07/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #2 - 6,141 (-12.9%)
    08/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #3 - 5,895 (-4.0%)
    09/2011: Soulfire Vol 3. #4 - 5,029 (-14.7%)

    Oof, a big drop that, probably the series low.

    265. Optic Nerve (Drawn & Quarterly)
    
    04/2007: Optic Nerve #11 - 5,831
    09/2011: Optic Nerve #12 - 4,974 (-14.7%)

    Big gap, big drop, but a new issue of Optic Nerve is to be celebrated, and this will have a very long life in certain comic shops.

    267. Teen Wolf (Image)
    
    09/2011: Teen Wolf #1 - 4,901

    Not a very good start, but Image will be hoping the show is a success and this will sell in the book market.

    Anne Rice Servant of The Bones (IDW)
    
    08/2011: Anne Rice Servant of The Bones #1 - 6,884
    09/2011: Anne Rice Servant of The Bones #2 - 4,850 (-29.5%)

    A very big drop, but again IDW will be hoping for better in the book market.

    Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2010: -
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #132 - 4,716 (+31.6%)
    11/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #133 - 4,681 (-0.7%)
    12/2010: Usagi Yojimbo #134 - 4,699 (+0.4%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: -
    03/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #135 - 4,683 (-0.3%)
    04/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #136 - 5,137 (+9.7%)
    05/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #137 - 4,803 (-6.5%)
    06/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #138 - 4,778 (-0.5%)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #139 - 4,769 (-0.2%)
    09/2011: Usagi Yojimbo #140 - 4,743 (-0.5%)

    I have a theory that no-one who reads Usagi Yojimbo ever stops reading it voluntarily, they just eventually die.

    270. Sherlock Holmes Year One (Dynamite)
    
    02/2011: Sherlock Holmes #1 - 6,726
    03/2011: Sherlock Holmes #2 - 5,561 (-17.3%)
    03/2011: Sherlock Holmes #3 - 4,873 (-12.4%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Sherlock Holmes #4 - 4,712 (-3.3%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Sherlock Holmes #5 - 4,849 (+2.9%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Sherlock Holmes #6 - 4,742 (-2.2%)

    Pretty solid, and a new film coming soon.

    271,274. Charmed (Zenescope)
    
    09/2010: Charmed #2 - 8,464
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Charmed #3 - 7,524 (-11.1%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Charmed #4 – 7,253 (-3.6%)
    01/2011: Charmed #5 - 7,196 (-0.8%)
    02/2011: Charmed #6 - 7,014 (-2.5%)
    03/2011: Charmed #7 - 6,160 (-12.2%)
    03/2011: Charmed #8 - 6,046 (-1.9%)
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Charmed #9 - 5,883 (-2.7%)
    06/2011: Charmed #10 - 4,858 (-17.4%)
    06/2011: Charmed #11 - 5,352 (+10.2%)
    07/2011: Charmed #12 - 4,946 (-7.6%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Charmed #13 - 4,722 (-4.5%)
    09/2011: Charmed #14 - 4,626 (-2.0%)

    Still dropping, not sure if this will go for much longer in it’s current form. The second collection charted at 130 with sales of 774.

    275. Ducktales (Boom!)
    
    05/2011: Ducktales #1 - 7,208
    06/2011: Ducktales #2 - 5,267 (-26.9%)
    07/2011: Ducktales #3 - 4,966 (-5.7%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Ducktales #4 - 4,507 (-9.2%)

    See comments for Darkwing Duck above.

    276. Atomic Robo (Red 5)
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Deadly Art of Science #1 - 4,358 (???)
    12/2010: Deadly Art of Science #2 - 3,880 (-11.0%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Deadly Art of Science #3 - 3,791 (-2.3%)
    02/2011: Deadly Art of Science #4 - 3,653 (-3.6%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: -
    05/2011: Deadly Art of Science #5 - 3,666 (+0.4%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Ghost of Station X #1 - 4,456 (+21.5%)

    Quite a substantial jump for this fan favorite book, higher than the first issue of the last series.

    277. Criminal Macabre (Dark Horse)
    
    09/2007: Criminal Macabre My Demon Baby #1 - 6,216
    09/2008: Criminal Macabre Cell Block 666 #1 - 6,161
    07/2011: Criminal Macabre/Goon: When Freaks Collide - 9,704 (+5.4%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Criminal Macabre No Peace for Dead Men #1 - 4,359 (-55.1%)

    Not a good figure at all, I suspect after this it will stay in Dark Horse Presents.

    278. Avengelyne (Image)
    
    07/2011: Avengelyne #1 - 8,851
    08/2011: Avengelyne #2 - 4,710 (-46.8%)
    09/2011: Avengelyne #3 - 4,269 (-9.4%)

    Starting to level out, Liefield seems to be re-launching a load of books using alternative artists, with Brandon Graham and Ross Campbell both illustrating upcoming books.

    279. Green Hornet Strikes (Dynamite) 
    
    09/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #3 - 9,914
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #4 - 8,788 (-11.4%)
    11/2010: -
    12/2010: Green Hornet Strikes #5 - 8,023 (-8.7%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Green Hornet Strikes #6 - 5,025 (-37.4%)
    03/2011:
    04/2011: Green Hornet Strikes #7 - 4,408 (-12.3%)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: Green Hornet Strikes #8 - ?,??? (??)
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Green Hornet Strikes #9 - 4,243 (??)

    This was cancelled back in March, but is running so late that there’s still one issue to go.

    280, 284. Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time (Dynamite)
    
    09/2010: Eye of the World #5 - 5,363 (-4.3%)
    
    ====
    
    10/2010: -
    11/2010: Eye of the World #6 - 5,311 (-1.0%)
    12/2010: Eye of the World #7 - 4,680 (-11.9%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Eye of the World #8 - 4,499 (-3.9%)
    03/2011: -
    04/2011: Eye of the World #9 - 4,469 (-0.7%)
    05/2011: Eye of the World #10 - 4,276 (-4.3%)
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: Eye of the World #11 - 4,288 (+0.3%)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Eye of the World #12 - 4,212 (-1.8%)
    09/2011: Eye of the World #13 - 3,973 (-5.7%)

    Dropping badly, this probably won’t continue for much longer. The first collection only charts at 214, with sales of 454 copies, although I’d imagine they’re hoping for way more in the book market.

    281. Executive Assistant Orchid (Aspen)
    
    07/2011: Executive Assistant Orchid #1 - 6,096
    08/2011: Executive Assistant Orchid #2 - ?,???
    09/2011: Executive Assistant Orchid #3 - 4,107
    283. Executive Assistant Lotus (Aspen)
    
    07/2011: Executive Assitant Lotus #1 - 6,030
    08/2011: Executive Assitant Lotus #2 - ?,???
    09/2011: Executive Assitant Lotus #3 - 3,973
    285. Executive Assistant Violet (Aspen)
    
    07/2011: Executive Assistant Violet #1 - 5,775
    08/2011: Executive Assistant Violet #2 - ?,???
    09/2011: Executive Assistant Violet #3 - 3,955

    Quite a bit below the parent title in the Hit-List Agenda, all three missed the chart last month.

    286. Jurassic Park (IDW) 
    
    09/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #3 - 6,280
    
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    10/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #4 - 5,624 (-10.4%)
    11/2010: Jurassic Park Redemption #5 - 4,842 (-13.9%)
    12/2010: -
    01/2011: Devils in the Desert #1 - 4,293 (-11.3%)
    02/2011: Devils in the Desert #2 - 3,372 (-21.5%)
    03/2011: Devils in the Desert #3 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Devils in the Desert #4 - 3,671 (???)
    05/2011: -
    06/2011: -
    07/2011: -
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Dangerous Games #1 - 3,860 (+5.1%)

    Definite diminishing returns, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of enthusiasm for the property, although there is a new film supposedly coming.

    288. Broken Pieces (Aspen)
    
    08/2011: Broken Pieces #0 - ?,???
    09/2011: Broken Pieces #1 - 3,783 (?%)

    An okay start for an unknown property, but this is a really attractive book, and deserves an audience.

    289. Gladstone's School for World Conquerors (Image)
    
    05/2011: Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #1 - 6,214
    06/2011: Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #2 - 4,737 (-23.8%)
    07/2011: Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #3 - 4,638 (-2.1%)
    08/2011: Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #4 - ?,??? (?%)
    09/2011: Gladstone's School for World Conquerors #5 - 3,729 (?%)

    Sadly this is dropping like a rock, a real shame as it’s very good.

    290. Farscape (Boom!)
    
    09/2009: Gone & Back #3 - 6,303
    09/2010: Farscape #11 - 4,702 (-0.8%)
    
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    10/2010: Farscape #12 – 4,355 (-7.4%)
    11/2010: Farscape #13 - 4,262 (-2.1%)
    12/2010: Farscape #14 - 4,143 (-2.8%)
    01/2011: Farscape #15 - 3,956 (-4.5%)
    02/2011: Farscape #16 - 4,003 (+1.2%)
    03/2011: Farscape #17 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Farscape #18 - 4,070 (???)
    05/2011: Farscape #19 - 4,012 (-1.4%)
    06/2011: Farscape #20 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Farscape #21 - 3,978 (???)
    08/2011: Farscape #22 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Farscape #23 - 3,664 (???)

    Cancelled with the next issue.

    291. Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero (Boom!)
    
    10/2010: Soldier Zero #1 - 19,593
    11/2010: Soldier Zero #2 - 11,180 (-42.9%)
    12/2010: Soldier Zero #3 - 9,447 (-15.5%)
    01/2011: Soldier Zero #4 - 7,492 (-20.7%)
    02/2011: Solider Zero #5 - 6,612 (-11.7%)
    03/2011: Soldier Zero #6 - 6,076 (-8.1%)
    04/2011: Soldier Zero #7 - 5,706 (-6.1%)
    05/2011: Soldier Zero #8 - 5,211 (-8.7%)
    06/2011: Soldier Zero #9 - 4,855 (-6.8%)
    07/2011: Soldier Zero #10 -4,250 (-12.5%)
    08/2011: Soldier Zero #11 -???? (???)
    09/2011: Soldier Zero #12 -3,494 (???)

    Cancelled.

     292. Pilot Season (Image)
    
    09/2011: Pilot Season Declassified 2011 - 3,462

    This preview book was only a dollar, none of the actual Pilot books have charted.

    293. Archie (Archie)
    
    09/2010: Archie #613 - ???? (???)
    
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    10/2010: Archie #614 - 4,072 (???)
    11/2010: Archie #615 - 3,944 (-3.1%)
    12/2010: Archie #616 - 10,885 [12,251] (+210.6%)
    01/2011: -
    02/2011: Archie #617 - 11,358 (-7.3%)
    03/2011: Archie #618 - ???? (???)
    03/2011: Archie #619 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Archie #620 - 3,644 (???)
    05/2011: Archie #621 - 3,588 (-1.5%)
    06/2011: Archie #622 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Archie #623 - 3,669 (???)
    08/2011: Archie #624 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Archie #625 - 3,452 (???)

    Bit of a drop, but this only represents a fraction of sales, this sells loads outside the direct market.

    294,297,298,299. Walking Dead Weekly (Image)
    
    01/2011: Walking Dead #1 - 8,858
    01/2011: Walking Dead #2 - 8,306 (-6.2%)
    01/2011: Walking Dead #3 - 7,798 (-6.1%)
    01/2011: Walking Dead #4 - 7,704 (-1.2%)
    02/2011: Walking Dead #5 - 7,105 (-7.8%)
    02/2011: Walking Dead #6 - 6,728 (-5.3%)
    02/2011: Walking Dead #7 - 6,516 (-3.2%)
    02/2011: Walking Dead #8 - 6,393 (-1.9%)
    03/2011: Walking Dead #9 - 5,773 (-9.7%)
    03/2011: Walking Dead #10 -5,614 (-2.8%)
    03/2011: Walking Dead #11 - 5,325 (-5.2%)
    03/2011: Walking Dead #12 - 5,359 (+0.6%)
    03/2011: Walking Dead #13 - 5,261 (-1.8%)
    04/2011: Walking Dead #14 - 5,003 (-4.9%)
    04/2011: Walking Dead #15 - 4,922 (-1.6%)
    04/2011: Walking Dead #16 - 4,956 (+0.7%)
    04/2011: Walking Dead #17 - 4,884 (-1.5%)
    05/2011: Walking Dead #18 - 4,708 (-3.6%)
    05/2011: Walking Dead #19 - 4,619 (-1.9%)
    05/2011: Walking Dead #20 - 4,547 (-1.6%)
    05/2011: Walking Dead #21 - 4,507 (-0.9%)
    06/2011: Walking Dead #22 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Walking Dead #23 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Walking Dead #24 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Walking Dead #25 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Walking Dead #26 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #27 - 3,957 (???)
    07/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #28 - 3,892 (-1.6%)
    07/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #29 - 3,883 (-0.2%)
    07/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #30 - 3,806 (-2.0%)
    08/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #31 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #32 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #33 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #34 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #35 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #36 - 3,382 (???)
    09/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #37 - 3,426 (+1.3%)
    09/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #38 - 3,397 (-0.8%)
    09/2011: Walking Dead Weekly #39 - 3,359 (-1.1%)

    Returning briefly to the chart, not sure why #37 had a bit of an increase.

    295. Samurai’s Blood (Image)
    
    06/2011: Samurai’s Blood #1 - 7,312
    07/2011: Samurai’s Blood #2 - 4,007 (-45.2%)
    08/2011: Samurai’s Blood #3 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Samurai’s Blood #4 -3,412 (???)

    Not doing too well.

    296. Sixth Gun (Oni) 
    
    09/2010: Sixth Gun #4 - ???? (???)
    
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    10/2010: Sixth Gun #5 - 3,590 (???)
    11/2010: Sixth Gun #6 - 3,589 (-0.0%)
    12/2010: Sixth Gun #7 - ???? (???)
    01/2011: Sixth Gun #8 - 3,317 (???)
    02/2011: Sixth Gun #9 - 3,279  (-1.1%)
    03/2011: Sixth Gun #10 - ???? (???)
    04/2011: Sixth Gun #11 - 3,418 (???)
    05/2011: Sixth Gun #12 - ???? (???)
    06/2011: Sixth Gun #13 - ???? (???)
    07/2011: Sixth Gun #14 - ???? (???)
    08/2011: -
    09/2011: Sixth Gun #15 - 3,403 (???)

    Although the last few issues haven’t charted, it’s been remarkably stable over the last year.

    300. Stan Lee’s Starborn (Boom!)
    
    12/2010: Starborn #1 - 11,764
    01/2011: Starborn #2 - 7,188 (-38.9%)
    02/2011: Starborn #3 - 6,085 (-15.3%)
    03/2011: Starborn #4 - 5,527 (-9.2%)
    04/2011: Starborn #5 - 5,182 (-6.2%)
    05/2011: Starborn #6 - 4,835 (-6.7%)
    06/2011: Starborn #7 - 4,427 (-8.4%)
    07/2011: Starborn #8 - 3,995 (-4.5%)
    08/2011: Starborn #9 - ???? (???)
    09/2011: Starborn #10 - 3,341 (???)

    Cancelled with issue twelve.

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    All figures on this chart are estimates for comics sold by Diamond to direct market retailers. They include reorders that shipped in the same month. Books shipping in the first week of a month will have more time for reorders to appear than ones shipping in the last week of the month, when reorders will slip to the following month.

    October comics set many sales records

    201111071844.jpgJohn Jackson Miller has posted his estimates for October 2011 sales ( ICv2’s will be out tomorrow) and it was a month of records:

    • Highest dollar sales for the Top 300 comics. Retailers ordered comics in the Top 300 worth $25.36 million in October, the highest total for that figure since the Diamond Exclusive Era began in the mid-1990s. The previous record was held by October 2008, with $24.9 million in orders. The totals in the early 1990s were likely higher, even given inflation.

    • Most titles in the Top 300 by a publisher. DC placed more titles in the Top 300 than any publisher since the Diamond Exclusive Era began in 1996: 129. All but one of the “New 52″ titles that launched in the previous month reappeared in the Top 300. The previous high-water mark was set by Marvel, which had 119 entries on the charts in December 2008 and June 2009. I do not have exact counts from the charts from before 1996, and reorders would not have been included on any charts before 2003. DC’s previous high-water mark was 107 entries in October 2007.

    • Largest number of issues reappearing in the Top 300. I haven’t really kept this statistic before, but there always a few titles from the previous month that reappear on the list. As mentioned, this month dwarfed any previous experiences, as 51 out of the 52 DC reboot titles that appeared on the charts in September 2011 reappeared. (The only which didn’t make the Top 300 again is Men of War, but that is not necessarily because of a lack of demand — if most of its print run was reported by Diamond as sold in September, it might not have charted again.)


    Miller has tons more analysis in the link, but it’s obvious that the new 52 not only swelled DC’s coffers but did bring in new and lapsed readers to lift the entire industry. Who knew such a thing was even possible?

    DC wallops Marvel 51% to 30% in October

    Diamond top 300 periodicals, June

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    It was a great month for being ultimate, being afraid and flashing.

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    QtyRank RetailRank Index DESC_1 VendName

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    1 1 300.03 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 MAR

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    2 2 180.03 FEAR ITSELF #3 MAR

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    3 3 164.75 FLASHPOINT #2 DC

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    4 4 120.61 AVENGERS #14 MAR

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    5 18 110.94 FF #5 MAR

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    6 5 108.60 NEW AVENGERS #13 MAR

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    7 6 107.39 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663 MAR

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    8 21 105.64 BATMAN INCORPORATED #7 DC

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    9 24 103.52 BATMAN AND ROBIN #24 DC

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    10 8 103.19 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #664 MAR

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    11 9 102.20 UNCANNY X-MEN #539 MAR

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    12 25 101.53 GREEN LANTERN EMERALD WARRIORS #11 DC

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    13 10 100.39 UNCANNY X-MEN #538 MAR

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    14 11 100.16 UNCANNY X-FORCE #11 MAR

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    15 26 100.00 BATMAN #711 DC

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    16 27 97.77 BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH THE SEARCH #1 DC

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    17 12 97.46 ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #159 MAR

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    18 13 93.95 SECRET AVENGERS #14 FEAR MAR

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    19 14 90.59 MIGHTY THOR #3 MAR

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    20 37 88.21 ALPHA FLIGHT #1 MAR

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    21 15 86.20 X-MEN #12 MAR

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    22 30 85.56 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #58 DC

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    23 33 84.97 FLASHPOINT BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1 DC

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    24 7 84.86 X-MEN LEGACY #250 MAR

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    25 16 84.34 CAPTAIN AMERICA #619 MAR

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    26 17 84.09 X-MEN #13 MAR

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    27 34 81.86 X-MEN LEGACY #251 MAR

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    28 20 80.59 ULTIMATE AVENGERS VS NEW ULTIMATES #5 MAR

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    29 19 80.35 WOLVERINE #10 MAR

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    30 22 79.69 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #505 FEAR MAR

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    31 35 79.00 ACTION COMICS #902 DC

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    32 23 78.72 WOLVERINE #11 MAR

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    33 36 78.35 FLASHPOINT ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1 DC

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    34 39 74.19 FLASHPOINT HAL JORDAN #1 DC

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    35 40 73.71 DETECTIVE COMICS #878 DC

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    36 42 73.33 VENOM #4 MAR

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    37 43 71.63 FLASHPOINT PROJECT SUPERMAN #1 DC

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    38 45 70.34 SUPERMAN #712 DC

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    39 28 69.90 ASTONISHING X-MEN #39 MAR

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    40 46 68.47 FLASHPOINT WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1 DC

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    41 47 68.45 FLASHPOINT THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1 DC

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    42 48 68.34 FLASHPOINT EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1 DC

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    43 50 67.47 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #624 FEAR MAR

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    44 29 66.52 MOON KNIGHT #2 MAR

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    45 31 65.39 ULTIMATE COMICS X #5 MAR

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    46 53 64.29 FLASHPOINT KID FLASH LOST #1 DC

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    47 56 62.26 FLASHPOINT SECRET SEVEN #1 DC

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    48 57 62.07 FLASHPOINT CITIZEN COLD #1 DC

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    49 58 62.04 FLASHPOINT DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1 DC

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    50 60 61.29 FLASHPOINT THE REVERSE FLASH #1 DC

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    51 61 60.60 FLASHPOINT DEATHSTROKE THE CURSE OF RAVAGER #1 DC

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    52 59 60.60 WALKING DEAD #86 (MR) IMA

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    53 63 58.98 FLASHPOINT LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1 DC

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    54 65 58.83 FLASHPOINT LEGION OF DOOM #1 DC

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    55 64 58.63 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #2 DC

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    56 66 58.13 WONDER WOMAN #611 DC

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    57 67 57.78 WONDER WOMAN #612 DC

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    58 68 57.44 FLASHPOINT FRANKENSTEIN CREATURES OF UNKNOWN #1 DC

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    59 38 57.36 AVENGERS CHILDRENS CRUSADE #6 MAR

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    60 71 56.93 FEAR ITSELF SPIDER-MAN #2 MAR

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    61 70 56.54 FLASHPOINT THE OUTSIDER #1 DC

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    62 73 55.34 HULK #34 MAR

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    63 72 55.06 GREEN LANTERN MOVIE PREQUEL HAL JORDAN #1 DC

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    64 41 54.80 CARNAGE #5 MAR

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    65 75 54.59 BIRDS OF PREY #13 DC

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    66 44 54.07 SHIELD #1 MAR

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    67 78 53.73 HULK #35 MAR

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    68 76 53.55 BATMAN ARKHAM CITY #3 DC

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    69 82 53.51 THUNDERBOLTS #158 FEAR MAR

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    70 80 53.47 DEADPOOL #39 MAR

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    71 77 53.41 RED ROBIN #24 DC

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    72 79 53.39 FLASHPOINT GREEN ARROW INDUSTRIES #1 DC

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    73 83 53.15 FEAR ITSELF DEADPOOL #1 MAR

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    74 85 52.77 INCREDIBLE HULKS #630 MAR

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    75 90 52.43 NEW MUTANTS #26 MAR

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    76 89 52.36 DEADPOOL #38 MAR

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    77 86 52.30 BATMAN GATES OF GOTHAM #2 DC

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    78 87 51.93 SUPERMAN BATMAN #85 DC

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    79 88 51.87 GREEN ARROW #13 DC

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    80 32 51.71 THUNDERBOLTS #159 FEAR MAR

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    81 92 51.69 INCREDIBLE HULKS #631 MAR

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    82 93 51.32 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #3 MAR

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    83 91 51.20 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #52 DC

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    84 96 50.02 X-MEN PRELUDE TO SCHISM #4 MAR

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    85 98 49.66 AVENGERS ACADEMY #15 MAR

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    86 95 49.61 FLASHPOINT GRODD OF WAR #1 DC

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    87 97 49.30 BOOSTER GOLD #45 DC

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    88 51 49.03 KIRBY GENESIS #1 DE

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    89 99 48.92 X-23 #11 MAR

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    90 54 48.46 FEAR ITSELF HOME FRONT #3 MAR

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    91 100 48.00 GREEN LANTERN MOVIE PREQUEL KILOWOG #1 DC

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    92 55 47.15 INCREDIBLE HULKS ANNUAL #1 MAR

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    93 103 46.93 X-FACTOR #220 MAR

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    94 101 46.86 GREEN LANTERN MOVIE PREQUEL ABIN SUR #1 DC

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    95 105 46.75 GHOST RIDER #0 POINT ONE MAR

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    96 102 46.71 GREEN LANTERN MOVIE PREQUEL TOMAR RE #1 DC

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    97 106 46.55 DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #10 MAR

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    98 104 46.17 BATMAN BEYOND #6 DC

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    99 107 46.13 X-FACTOR #221 MAR

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    100 108 45.26 SUPERBOY #8 DC

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    101 109 44.90 TEEN TITANS #96 DC

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    102 113 44.24 AVENGERS ACADEMY #14 POINT ONE MAR

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    103 114 44.18 FEAR ITSELF DEEP #1 MAR

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    104 112 43.91 BATGIRL #22 DC

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    105 115 43.21 FLASHPOINT THE CANTERBURY CRICKET #1 DC

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    106 116 42.55 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #14 DC

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    107 117 42.21 FEAR ITSELF FEARSOME FOUR #1 MAR

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    108 174 41.52 CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS #1 MAR

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    109 74 41.42 WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #7 MAR

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    110 120 40.80 IRON AGE ALPHA #1 MAR

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    111 49 40.68 ANNIHILATORS #4 MAR

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    112 81 40.18 FEAR ITSELF BLACK WIDOW #1 FEAR MAR

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    113 119 40.08 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #24 DC

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    114 121 39.94 ADVENTURE COMICS #527 DC

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    115 84 39.83 MARVEL UNIVERSE VS WOLVERINE #1 MAR

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    116 122 39.51 SUPERGIRL #65 DC

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    117 123 39.40 HELLBOY THE FURY #1 DAR

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    118 127 38.95 SILVER SURFER #5 MAR

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    119 128 38.36 FEAR ITSELF YOUTH IN REVOLT #2 MAR

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    120 135 37.44 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #519 MAR

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    121 134 37.28 IRON MAN 2.0 #6 FEAR MAR

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    122 133 37.24 TITANS #36 DC

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    123 136 36.83 SECRET SIX #34 DC

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    124 139 36.53 BLACK PANTHER MAN WITHOUT FEAR #520 MAR

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    125 62 36.03 IRON AGE #1 MAR

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    126 141 35.55 GENERATION HOPE #8 MAR

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    127 140 35.32 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #9 DC

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    128 143 34.84 FABLES #106 (MR) DC

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    129 94 34.51 BOYS #55 (MR) DE

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    130 144 34.23 DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #10 DC

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    131 147 34.09 HERC #4 FEAR MAR

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    132 148 33.94 HEROES FOR HIRE #8 MAR

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    133 110 33.82 PUNISHERMAX #14 (MR) MAR

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    134 146 33.62 ZATANNA #14 DC

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    135 111 33.26 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BATTLE OF TULL #1 MAR

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    136 125 33.22 STAR WARS OLD REPUBLIC #1 LOST SUNS DAR

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    137 150 32.48 POWER GIRL #25 DC

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    138 52 32.46 JSA 80 PAGE GIANT 2011 #1 DC

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    139 151 32.31 AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OT FITTEST #1 (MR) DC

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    140 170 31.36 MYSTERY MEN #1 MAR

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    141 156 30.62 BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #40 DC

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    142 155 30.28 STAR WARS JEDI DARK SIDE #2 DAR

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    143 124 29.75 DEADPOOLMAX #9 (MR) MAR

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    144 159 29.57 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #16 (MR) DC

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    145 160 29.30 INVINCIBLE #80 IMA

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    146 131 28.71 SUPREME POWER #1 (MR) MAR

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    147 118 28.08 ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #2 IDW

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    148 153 27.96 CRIMINAL LAST OF INNOCENT #1 (MR) MAR

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    149 138 27.26 STAND NO MANS LAND #5 MAR

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    150 169 27.24 SPAWN #208 IMA

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    151 171 27.04 HAUNT #16 IMA

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    152 126 26.43 WARLORD OF MARS #7 DE

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    153 142 26.29 MARVEL ZOMBIES SUPREME #5 MAR

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    154 130 25.70 VAMPIRELLA #6 DE

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    155 129 25.69 VAMPIRELLA #7 DE

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    156 132 25.58 WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #4 DE

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    157 158 25.51 CONAN ISLAND OF NO RETURN #1 DAR

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    158 137 25.03 GODZILLA GANGSTERS & GOLIATHS #1 IDW

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    159 149 24.91 ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL #2 MAR

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    160 178 24.46 MYSTERY MEN #2 MAR

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    161 204 24.11 KA-ZAR #1 MAR

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    162 179 24.10 CINDERELLA FABLES ARE FOREVER #5 (MR) DC

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    163 191 23.71 WITCH DOCTOR #1 IMA

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    164 168 23.58 CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #6 DAR

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    165 145 23.38 DANGER GIRL ARMY OF DARKNESS #2 DE

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    166 157 22.90 ZOMBIES CHRISTMAS CAROL #2 MAR

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    167 192 22.56 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #225 ARC

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    168 187 22.28 ALL WINNERS SQUAD BAND OF HEROES #1 MAR

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    169 152 21.92 GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #2 IDW

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    170 186 21.61 WALKING DEAD SURVIVORS GUIDE #3 (MR) IMA

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    171 177 21.50 BPRD DEAD REMEMBERED #3 DAR

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    172 190 21.44 MORNING GLORIES #10 IMA

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    173 69 21.30 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2 DAR

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    174 198 21.24 NAMOR FIRST MUTANT #11 MAR

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    175 201 20.88 SKAAR KING OF SAVAGE LAND #4 MAR

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    176 202 20.67 UNWRITTEN #26 (MR) DC

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    177 209 20.07 CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST VENGEANCE #3 MAR

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    178 212 19.83 RUSE #4 MAR

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    179 161 19.57 GREEN HORNET #16 DE

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    180 175 19.47 ARTIFACTS #8 IMA

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    181 218 19.43 CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST VENGEANCE #4 MAR

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    182 215 19.43 IZOMBIE #14 (MR) DC

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    183 163 19.29 SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #2 IDW

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    184 164 19.26 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #20 IDW

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    185 214 19.25 JONAH HEX #68 DC

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    186 166 19.07 COBRA ONGOING #2 IDW

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    187 167 19.05 GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #167 IDW

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    188 221 18.78 STATIC SHOCK SPECIAL #1 DC

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    189 172 18.49 VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION #2 DE

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    190 165 18.42 IRREDEEMABLE #26 BOO

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    191 224 18.26 WOLVERINE HERCULES MYTHS MONSTERS AND MUTANTS #4 MAR

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    192 173 18.18 CROSSED PSYCHOPATH #3 (MR) AVA

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    Digital comics: What platforms are selling the best?

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    While we can’t answer that question, one creator, Michael Jasper has been making his percentage of sales available for IN MAPS AND LEGENDS, a fantasy comic with touches of steampunk and SF. It got its start as a Zuda competition winner but has since returned to the creators and they’ve been selling it digitally everywhere. Since IN MAPS AND LEGENDS is available on every platform, and is in a universally popular genre, it’s an interesting chart:

    The sales number listed below are go back from when we started back in September 2010. The numbers cover issues 1-6 of IN MAPS & LEGENDS, our combo ebook that bundles issues 1-4, and our Formatting Comics ebook.

    1. B&N’s Nookbook Store: 44%
    2. Comixology: 30%
    3. Amazon’s Kindle Store: 13%
    4. DriveThruComics: 7%
    5. Graphic.ly: 5%
    6. Amazon’s Kindle Store in the UK: .5%
    7. Wowio: .5%
    8. MyDigitalComics: 0%
    9. Robot Comics: 0%
    10. LongBox: 0%
    11. XinXii: 0%
    12. Myebook: 0%


    While this is the first chart of its kind we’ve seen and doesn’t in and of itself give all that much data, it would be interesting to compare and contrast. Anyone else out there was to share their shares?

    Weekend bestsellers analysis: New York Times edition

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    It’s been a while since we took a look at The New York Times’ graphic novel best sellers lists. Let’s take a peak shall we?

    Hardcover

    1: Y THE LAST MAN, BOOK 5, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. (DC Comics, $29.99.) — What can we say? The gift that keeps on giving.

    2: MISTER WONDERFUL, by Daniel Clowes. (Pantheon Books, $19.95.) — This has been on the list for four weeks, so a strong outing for Random House and Clowes.

    3: DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK, by Jill Thompson. (DC Comics, $14.99.) — The Sandman/Gaimanverse has legs.

    4: THOR: OMNIBUS, by Walter Simonson. (Marvel Entertainment, $125.) — Once again it’s pretty remarkable to see a $125 1200 page book leading the merchandising for a feature film.

    5: THE LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK, by Jill Thompson. (DC Comics, $14.99.) — BACKLIST, BACKLIST, BACKLIST.

    6: THOR/IRON MAN: GOD COMPLEX, by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. (Marvel Entertainment, $19.99.) — Two great movie franchises in one handy volume!

    7: SCREAMING PLANET, by Alexandro Jodorowsky and various. (Humanoids, $24.95.) — Now THIS is a surprise. But Jodorowsky is a legit major cult figure, and one whose comics works are a key aspect of his oeuvre, and this book got MAJOR press. Here’s a fine interview with Jodorowsky.

    8: BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, by Grant Morrison and various. (DC Comics, $29.99.) — This has been on the list for 13 weeks. Grant Morrison’s name sells books.

    9: HALO: FALL OF REACH BOOT CAMP, by Brian Reed and Felix Ruiz. (Marvel Entertainment, $19.99.) — Marvel’s Halo tie-ins are consistent sellers. Indeed, one might see in Marvel’s strong showing some evidence of the success of their move to Hachette as distributor,

    10: S. H. I. E. L. D.: ARCHITECTS OF FOREVER, by Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver. (Marvel Entertainment, $24.99.) — see above.

    Trade paper list

    1: FABLES, VOL. 15, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham. (DC Comics, $17.99.) — Another proven franchise.

    2: HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA: ON THE FLY, by Harvey Pekar. (Random House, $19.95.) — This book, the first of several posthumous works by Pekar, hasn’t gotten much buzz so it is selling on Pekar’s rep alone, which is impressive.

    3: SCOTT PILGRIM: PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) — A modern-day classic.

    4: THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. (Image Comics, $14.99.) — A modern-day classic.

    5: WATCHMEN, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. (DC Comics, $19.99.) — BACKLIST, BACKLIST, BACKLIST

    6: SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.99.) — A mod — say, what are you doing this weekend?

    7: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.)

    8: SCOTT PILGRIM AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.)

    9: V FOR VENDETTA, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. (DC Comics, $19.99.)

    10: SCOTT PILGRIM: GETS IT TOGETHER, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.)

    Do you get the picture? The trends we always note on the best seller list are in force again — backlist and name brand authors sell graphic novels, just as they do novels.

    It’s surprising to see so few NEW books on the paperback list. Only FABLES and Harvey Pekar. We need some new heroes. What we’d REALLY love to see is a brand new, breakout book by a talented new creator crack the list, something that happens all the time in the book book world.

    The most important things you need to know today about comics, Part I

    Maybe it’s just that it was a relatively slow news week but it seems that during our two-day outage, many, many essays and interviews of merit and import were posted that are cutting right to the quick of what coming up. So without further ado, here’s ALL THE STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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    Laura Hudson fearlessly interviews Dark Horse owner Mike Richardson about the recent layoffs and former employee analyses of the reasons for the same. Props to Richardson for addressing the issues even if he isn’t quite so convincing that TROUBLEMAKER and the Gold Key line haven’t been less than successful for the company:

    CA: Do you have any concerns about Dark Horse’s market share slipping from third to fifth place? How do you see Dark Horse addressing that as you move forward?

    MR: The slipping of market share also you have to take in context. First of all, we’ve slipped before, and in the month we supposedly slipped, our lineup was not that strong that month. We have those months in the past; they happen occasionally. But if you take the time to look at what that actually means, our market share slip, all three companies after Marvel and DC are pretty close. I think we published less than twenty comics. The companies that supposedly passed us up published around forty comics. So is that relevant? Should we have doubled our offerings so we could stay in third place? It’s sort of a silly argument.

    § Michael May talks to ACTUAL RETAILERS about ACTUAL DIGITAL COMICS:

    Digital comics were a major theme at C2E2 this year. I don’t suppose I was surprised by that exactly, but it did kind of sneak up on me. Much the way I suppose digital comics have been sneaking up on publishers and fans for the last couple of years. They’ve been around; we’ve all noticed them; we’ve even been talking about them quite a bit, but the industry’s observation of the digital format has seemed sort of detached and possibly even bemused. Sort of, “Yep. We see that there’s this other way of reading comics and it’s a nice option for some people, but print’s not going anywhere and we’ll still focus mostly on that.” It’s only been recently that we seem to have realized that – oh, shit! – print could be in danger and we’ve got to figure out what we’re going to do to survive!

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    Greg Burgas points out that today’s stringent house styles at Marvel and DC have left mainstream comics looking duller all the time:

    It wasn’t always this way. Of course, superhero comics have mainly been bland in terms of innovation and a great deal of the experimentation in comics was done by independent creators. But the very fact that Marvel was not the “establishment” back when it decided to stop publishing romance comics and jump back into the superhero fray in the early 1960s meant that the creators at Marvel had a bit more free rein to go nuts. Once DC saw that it sold, they too allowed their creators to go a bit nuts. So we got Kirby. We got Ditko. We got Steranko. We got Starlin. We got a bunch of creators who were willing to go further than their predecessors had gone, challenging themselves and their readership to keep up. Mostly, of course, it didn’t work. Books got cancelled, DC imploded, and everyone retreated. Then we got Alan Moore and later, Morrison. And we got the Image guys – who, as much as they might get berated today, once again forced readers to adapt to their style. We got Sienkiewicz and his artistic imitators (most of whom have never worked on superhero books). We got Frank Quitely and his astonishing panels in We3, which everyone seems to love but no one copied (or at least used as inspiration for their own innovations). All of these creators, whether successful or not, forced readers to deal with a new way of reading and processing comics. Their contributions have been co-opted by the mainstream and refined. I don’t mind that in the least – in fact, I celebrate it. But that doesn’t mean today’s creators shouldn’t figure out ways to push the envelope in their own ways.


    Colleen Doran talks about royalties and why you must always look at the numbers:

    About a year-and-a-half ago, I found a discrepancy in the accounting on one of my book royalty statements which showed the publisher had not calculated my income correctly on a major book. I reported the discrepancy, and it took the client over six months to forward the shortage, which was about $2,000. EDIT: Yes, it was an HONEST mistake. They agreed with me within ONE hour of my pointing it out. I don’t believe they were trying to rip me off. However… Since then, royalty statements at the company have been revised. It is no longer possible to find the mistake I found with the new accounting system the company uses.


    Sparkplug’s Dylan Williams with a VERY impassioned take on what shows reach the mainstream and which don’t and which he’s going to exhibit at:

    Last year I didn’t go to MoCCA, Brooklyn Comics Art, TCAF or SPX for Sparkplug. Other people did those shows for Sparkplug. This was noted by a few people as Sparkplug not being at the shows. This year, I’ve gone to MoCCA and will be doing TCAF. But the truth is I’m only looking forward to TCAF and maybe Brooklyn. We just did the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland. And after MoCCA and Stumptown in a row, all I can think about is why in god’s name Sparkplug is still going to the conventional comic conventions. I’m worried about comics becoming more and more insular, under the pretense of becoming more and more accessible.


    Nick Gazin has a look at the sad sack basis of many cartoonists…

    Some people are great at making auto-bio comics, but at some point in the late 90s people started ruining the form by making comics about how cute they were. Jeffrey Brown, Craig Thompson, and James Kochalka all idealize the fuck out of themselves. Sometimes Chris Ware does it too. These people all make comics that give me the creeps. R. Crumb and Pete Bagge often star in their own comics, but they are confronting personal failings as much as the failings of the world around them. They never try to show how suave and cool they are. They’re fucking misanthropic outsiders with points of view and they know how to tell a story. Making a comic isn’t as simple as saying, “Girls won’t think I’m cool if I draw myself in a Spiderman costume. I know! I’ll draw myself being nice to girls and having my heart broken by the type of bitch that I hope will come and meet me at the next alternative comix con!” FUCK! TRY HARDER, ASSHOLES! CHALLENGE YOURSELVES! I AM SCREAMING SOME GIBBERISH AS I TYPE THIS! COMICS IS NOT THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS SO STOP BEING RETARDS!


    Holy shit, we have five more of the most important things to read, but those will have to come in Part II!

    March sales: Comics blah, GNs more blah

    ffnumber1.jpgOkay, so comics sales were kinda crap in March, based on year-to-year comparisons, although better than February. Plus, the top book popped its head above the 100,000 mantle. But ICv2 reports that GN sales were even more problematic:

    The picture was a lot bleaker on the graphic novel side where only two titles managed to make it over the 4,000 copy mark. Led by Mike Carey’s Harry Potter-influenced fantasy The Unwritten Vol. 3, DC/Vertigo had five of the top ten graphic novel releases, while Marvel and Image had two each. Neither of Image’s two top ten titles debuted in March. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead remains the hottest graphic novel property in the direct market, but that’s because the TV-driven property has 13 steady-selling volumes (and 20 skus). The fact that Vol. 1 in the series made #8 in March testifies as much to the weakness of the March new releases as to the strength of The Walking Dead property. Image’s other top ten book, Nick Spencer’s Morning Glories was the #2 book in February, and has to qualify as one of the true GN hits of 2011. Retailers reported to ICv2 that if they had been able to get more copies in March, Morning Glories might have finished even higher than #8.

    In dollars, things were also crap:

    Sales of the Top 300 graphic novels through Diamond Comic Distributors in March were down a substantial 18.6%, while sales of the Top 300 periodical comics fell 4.28%.  Combined sales of the Top 300 Graphic Novels and Comics in March were off by 7.58%.


    HOWEVER, ICv2 does note that Diamond’s analysis of their entire market is a little healthier than just the Top 300 analysis:

    Note that the year-over-year declines in the Top 300 comics calculated by ICv2 are substantially more pronounced than Diamond Comic Distributors’ March year-over-year totals, which include totals from comics and graphic novels below the Top 300 that ICv2 reported on Friday (see “Comics Decline Again in March”).  Periodical comics were down just 2.43% in the Diamond numbers versus 4.28% for the Top 300. Diamond reported overall graphic novel sales declined by 10.01%, while ICv2 calculated that Top 300 graphic novel sales were down 18.6% for March, 2011 versus March 2010.


    The poor GN showing is troubling, but you can’t manufacture a SCOTT PILGRIM or FABLES program out of thin air. Hop to it, people!!!

    More:
    Top 300 Comics Actual–March 2011
    Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual–March 2011.